Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York presents Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema, bringing together the best new works from Poland’s boundary-pushing filmmakers.
The series, starting on Friday, April 30 through Thursday, May 6, features seven films, including the New York premiere of the Venice Film Festival hit Never Gonna Snow Again / Śniegu już nigdy nie będzie (2020, 113′). Director Malgorzata Szumowska (whose Berlinale prizewinner Mug screened in the 2018 iteration of Kino Polska) partners with longtime cinematographer and co-writer Michal Englert’s for this Venice Film Festival hit about an enigmatic healer who casts a spell over a rich Polish community (“Stranger Things” actor Alec Utgoff in the lead role).
This year’s series also includes Mariko Bobrik’s touching debut feature The Taste of Pho / Smak pho (2019, 98′) about a Vietnamese father and daughter dealing with grief and the immigrant experience in Warsaw; the bittersweet coming-of-age drama I Never Cry / Jak najdalej stąd (2020) from Piotr Domalewski whose previous film Silent Night won major awards in Poland; Bartosz Kruhlik’s edge-of-your-seat thriller Supernova (2019); Piotr Adamski’s Eastern (2019), a tale of revenge set in a dystopic Poland; Mariusz Wilczynski’s unconventional and deeply personal hand-drawn animated film Kill It and Leave This Town / Zabij to i wyjedź z miasta (2020); and Agnieszka Holland’s Soviet Union thriller Mr. Jones (2019) starring James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, and Peter Sarsgaard.
All films will screen April 30—May 6 via BAM’s virtual stream platform at BAM.org.