Tuesday, 19th September. The second day of the 42nd PFF

Tuesday, 19th September. The second day of the 42nd PFF

Another day of the 42nd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia begins with a press screening of the film „Panick Attack” directed by Paweł Maślona. As part of the Tuesday programme, the following films will also be presented: “Man with a Magic Box” directed by Bodo Kox, from the Main Competition, or “Theatrum magicum” directed by Marcin Giżycki, from the Visions Apart Competition.

We remind that all the press screenings are held in the Warszawa screening room on the first floor of the Gdynia Film Centre. After each screening, we invite to press conferences with participation of the filmmakers, held by Łukasz Maciejewski.

70 years of Polish animation

The Festival Tuesday is an unusual chance of participating in the celebration of the 70 years of Polish animation. From 1.30 pm, in screening room 8 in Multikino, the viewers will see a set of several brilliant short films. The 90-minutes-long block includes, among others, the animations: “The Chair” directed by Daniel Szczechura, “The Horse” by Witold Giersz, “The Gentle Spirit” by Piotr Dumała or “Tango” by Zbigniew Rybczyński.

In addition, the animated film “Niezwyciężeni”, for which the Platige Image studio founded by Tomasz Bagiński is responsible, will be presented. The image, being a tale about the freedom Poles fought for from the first day of WW2 to the fall of communism, opens an international educational campaign of the Institute of National Remembrance.


In the Polonica section, presenting international film productions made with significant participation of Polish filmmakers, on Tuesday, the film “November” directed by Rainer Sarnet and “Marie Curie” directed by Marie Noëlle will be presented.

In Memoriam

In the section Pure Classics – in Memoriam, on Tuesday, the viewers will see the digitally reconstructed masterpieces of Polish cinema: “The Wedding” directed by Andrzej Wajda, “My Nikifor” directed by Krzysztof Krauze and “Night Train” directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz.

As part of Special Screenings – In Memoriam, a performance of the Theatre of Television directed by Andrzej Wajda, “Bigda is Coming!” will be presented, as well as two documentaries devoted to the director: “Andrzej Wajda: Let’s Shoot!” by Zespół Filmowy Paladino – a documentary record of a few-months-long efforts on the location of the film Katyń, unveiling the backstage of work in a crew managed by Andrzej Wajda – and the film “Andrzej Wajda Watches Ashes and Diamonds” directed by Marcin Borchardt and Jerzy Rados.

We also invite to a screening of a documentary devoted to Wojciech Młynarski, the film „Młynarski – piosenka finałowa” directed by Alicja Albrecht. A detailed programme of all the screenings – hours, screening rooms numbers – is available at www.festiwalgdynia.pl.

Munk for a Star(t)!

At 5.00 pm, in the Morskie Oko screening room, in the Gdynia Film centre, the only screening of the films selected for the “30 Minutes” Programme held by the Munk Studio operating at the Polish Filmmakers Association will take place. The participants of the first editions of the Programme and the protagonists of the review: Bartosz Konopka, Borys Lankosz, Maria Sadowska and Agnieszka Smoczyńska, after a decade that has passed since the premiere of theit short films, today belong to the most important directors of the mid generation.

During the 42nd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, the viewers will see the following films: “Three for the Taking” by Bartosz Konopka (2006), “Aria Diva” by Agnieszka Smoczyńska (2007), “Alien VI” by Borys Lankosz and “Non-stop colour” by Maria Sadowska (2008). The films selected by the organisers have received many awards at Polish and international festivals, they have been broadcast in the television many times and they have constituted an important step in the careers of the talented directors. The meeting will be hosted by Anna Wróblewska.

HBO Film Night

As part of HBO Film Nights, at 9.00 pm, we invite to a screening of one of the episodes of the „Times Square Archives” series. Multikino, screening room 8.


“Brave Ones Win” is the slogan of the socio-educational campaign on the precaution of the testicle cancer, directed to men from 17 to 35 years old, the most endangered. On Tuesday, at 11.00 am n the Morskie Oko screening room of the Gdynia Film Centre, during the press conference, a film spot promoting precaution against cancer by Urszula Morga, a graduate of the Gdynia Film School, will be presented. Małgorzata Marmajewska, Chairwoman of the Foundation, will also participate in the event.

FILMOBIL – Mobile City Game

If characters from well-known Polish films decided to leave film tape and move into virtual reality, what would such a place look like?

Take part in Filmobil City Game and discover challenges waiting for guests in a filmic Gdynia. Enter virtual reality and try your luck on a journey through the uncharted and hard-to-reach territory. Find out how surprising the Seaside Capital of Cinema can be!

The game will take 60 minutes. You can start by the information point (in Grunwaldzki Square 2, near Gdynia Film Centre) on 18th September from 12 to 7 p.m. All you need is a smartphone or tablet with an internet connection and Android or iOS. You can download the game via QR code, for example, at our information point. Active participants will come home with a prize.

Filmobil Mobile City Game is organised by Machina Fotografika Foundation as a part of the “400 km” project under the honorary patronage of the President of Gdynia Wojciech Szczurek and in partnership with Gdynia Film Centre, Polish Film Festival in Gdynia and Sirius Game Studio. The game is co-financed by the Civil Initiatives Fund and the City of Gdynia.

Books at the Festival

The rich programme of promotions of books devoted to the film topics begins on Tuesday in the Bookshop/Gallery of the Gdynia Film Centre. It will be opened at 3.00 pm with a meeting with Małgorzata Hendrykowska, the author of the monograph “Hospital of the Transfiguration”. The interview will be held by Michał Oleszczyk. At 4.30 pm, a meeting with Seweryn Kuśmierczyk, the editor of “Sztuka filmowa” by Jerzy Wójcik, will begin. The interview will be held by Magda Sendecka. Entrance to all book promotions is free.

Polish Film Institute Awards Ceremony

In a film industry, PISF awards are special accolades that recognise work of people and institutions who don’t deal with film production. Given since 2008, they are the only Polish awards presented in a number of categories for considerable achievements in popularisation and promotion of Polish cinema and widening access to Polish films. Candidates can be proposed by cultural institutions, film schools, local authorities, non-governmental organisations and other bodies in the cultural sector. At the 42nd Polish Film Festival, at 9.00 pm on the New Stage of the Musical Theatre, Polish Film Institute will award the best in each category for the tenth time.

“Andrzej Pągowski. Film Posters” Exhibition

Andrzej Pągowski is one of the most recognisable poster designers in Poland. In 2017, the artist celebrates 40 years of creative work. For this occasion, the Film Museum in Lodz prepared an exhibition of his pieces. At 6.00 pm, he will officially open the exhibition. Pągowski has designed over 1300 posters, 400 of them for films, and worked with top Polish and foreign directors. The collection includes posters for films by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Andrzej Wajda, Agnieszka Holland, Roman Polański, Janusz Majewski, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Miloš Forman and Robert Altman. From the oldest ones – Camera Buff by Krzysztof Kieślowski or Hair by Miloš Forman – through the latest, including his 2016 poster for Afterimage by Andrzej Wajda. All pieces have been selected by the artist himself. The exhibition was co-financed by the City of Gdynia.

“Wajda and you”

From the second day of the Festival, a documentary entitled “Wajda and you” is made. The starting point are interviews with guests invited to the director’s chair and recorded in form of an intimate conversation.