Friday, March 20 at 7:30: PLAC ZBAWICIELA by Joanna and Krzysztof Krauze (2006) Drama 105 minutes

Saviour Square, Polish with English subtitles

A contemporary story of a married couple (Beata and Bartek) who take out a loan to buy a new apartment. While waiting for the apartment building to be completed, in order to save money, they decide to move in with Bartek's mother, living at Saviour Square, one of the main city squares in Warsaw. After the developers go bankrupt and the young couple loses all their money, mutual grudges come to the fore and conflicts from years before are dragged out. A moving story about an ordinary family, living here and now, next to us, facing problems any one of us could have at any moment. Winner of 4 Polish Film Academy Awards Orły (Eagles) in 2007 and 4 Złote Lwy (Golden Lions) at Gdynia Film Festival in 2006.

Cast: Jowita Budnik, Arkadiusz Janiczek, Ewa Wencel

Trailer (in Polish):

Friday, February 21 at 7:30: TESTOSTERON by Saramonowicz & Konecki (2007) Comedy 119 minutes

Testosterone, Polish with English subtitles

Would a wedding without a bride work? But of course. Provided you have the best Polish male actors and an excellent screenplay. As a waiter finishes setting the tables for the wedding party, the limousine arrives. Except instead of the newlyweds, three angry men jump out, dragging another one along. Soon they are joined by the groom. The wedding party after the wedding that didn’t take place because the bride escaped from the altar turns into a series of fights, toasts, squabbles, discussions, surprising twists and turns. What do women really want? What do men really want? And what is love?

Cast: Piotr Adamczyk, Borys Szyc, Maciej Stuhr, Krzysztof Stelmaszyk, Cezary Kosiński, Tomasz Karolak, Tomasz Kot

Trailer (in Polish):

Friday, January 17 at 7:30: ZIARNO PRAWDY by Borys Lankosz (2015) Crime / Thriller 112 minutes

A Grain of Truth, Polish with English subtitles

A tense and well constructed dark thriller, based on one of the Zygmunt Miłoszewski's crime novels, murder mysteries that weave together modern Polish reality with its recent historical past. An effective and seasoned prosecutor Teodor Szacki (Robert Więckiewicz) has moved from Warsaw to Sandomierz, a picturesque but provincial town, where he finds himself investigating an unsual murder case. Szacki is an outsider, battling his own demons, the surroundings are unfriendly, and a painful tangle of Polish-Jewish relations complicates the investigation. Shot in neo-noir style, with mysterious and dark undertones, further enhanced by the music of Abel Korzeniowski.

Cast: Robert Więckiewicz, Jerzy Trela, Magdalena Wałach


Polish Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Since OKO meets only once a month, here is a list of movies in Polish, with English subtitles, available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Documentaries are not included. If you are into that genre, there is a ton available! Enjoy!