King Matt the First / Król Maciuś Pierwszy

King Matt the First (Król Maciuś Pierwszy) is a Polish–French–German animated children’s series, with dubbed versions in each language. It’s based on the children’s book of the same name, by the Polish writer Janusz Korczak, first published in 1922. The series aired in Poland from 2002 to 2006; 52 11-minute episodes were created in total. The King […]

Katyn / Katyń

Katyn (Katyń) is a Polish historical drama released on September 17, 2007, that depicts the Katyn Massacre of 1940. The story views the events of the massacre through the eyes of the mothers, wives, and daughters of those executed by the NKVD. At the time of the story, it was unclear to the general population of Poland […]

The Mighty Angel / Pod mocnym aniołem

The Mighty Angel (Pod mocnym aniołem; literally “under a strong angel”) is a 2014 Polish romance/drama film. It is a film version of the novel of the same name by Jerzy Pilch, which won the Nike, the preeminent Polish literary award, in 2001. An English-language translation was released in 2009. The film version was directed […]

Stones for the Rampart / Kamienie na szaniec

Stones for the Rampart (Kamienie na szaniec) is a Polish film from 2014 loosely based on the 1943 historical novel of the same name by Aleksandr Kamiński. The book was extremely popular even when it was released, though it was only circulated by an underground press, and it is still widely read in Poland. An […]

Warsaw ’44 / Miasto 44

Warsaw ’44 (Miasto 44; literally “city 44”) is a Polish drama from 2014 about the Warsaw Uprising during World War II. The Warsaw Uprising was an effort by the Polish resistance to take back the city from the Nazis. The leaders had hoped that the Soviets would arrive in the city during the uprising, but […]

In Darkness / W ciemności

In Darkness (W ciemności) is a 2011 Polish drama. It is based on the 1990 book In the Sewers of Lvov by Robert Marshall, which tells the story of a group of Jews who hid in the sewers of Lvov for more than two years while the Nazis occupied Poland during World War Two. The film […]

W Imię / In the Name Of

W Imię (In the Name Of) is a Polish drama from 2013. It tells the story of a Catholic priest, Father Adam, living in rural Poland. He is talented at helping local troubled youth and is well liked in the community. But he is also struggling with the knowledge that he is gay and that […]

Aftermath / Pokłosie

Aftermath (Pokłosie) is a Polish drama film released in 2012. The film tells the story of brothers Józef and Franciszek Kalina. Franciszek has just returned to his birthplace, a small town in Poland, from America after his father has died. Franciszek finds that his brother, despite his own anti-Semitism, has been investigating the truth about […]

Ida

Ida is one of the most widely hailed Polish films in recent memory. Released in 2013, Ida tells the story of a young woman, Anna, in Poland in 1962 who was brought up in a convent and is about to take her vows to become a nun. She goes on a trip to meet her […]

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