Seattle Polish Film Festival Returns

Seattle Polish Film Festival Returns

The 29th Seattle Polish Film Festival returns after the pandemic induced hiatus in 2020. The SPFF is the second oldest Polish film festival in the USA, after the Polish Film Festival of America in Chicago, running since 1992. The festival is produced by the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association.

As usual, the movies will be screened both at SIFF venues and at the Polish Cultural Center. All movies with English subtitles where necessary. The schedule as we know it is below.

Friday, October 15 at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
  • 6:00 pm  The Congress (2013, 122′, USA), dir. Ari Folman, based on Stanisław Lem’s novel The Futurological Congress / Kongress futurologiczny
  • 9:15 pm  Letters to Santa 4 / Listy do M. 4 (2021, 111′, Poland), dir. Patrick Yoka, rom-com
Saturday, October 16 at SIFF Film Center
  • 12:00 pm Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz / Ikar. Legenda Mietka Kosza (2019, 122′, Poland), dir. Maciej Pieprzyca, the jazzman’s biopic
  • 3:00 pm  Godspeed, Los Polacos! (2020, 88′, USA), dir. Adam Nawrot, adventurers turned dissidents in the 1970s Poland and the Latin America
  • 5:30 pm  Secret screening (2021, 120′)
  • 8:30 pm  The In-Laws / Teściowie (2021, 82′, Poland), dir. Jakub Michalczuk, comedy
  •                includes Cremation of Time (2021, 4′), dir. Beata Poźniak, experimental COVID-19 documentary
Sunday, October 17 at SIFF Film Center
  • 12:00 pm The Land / Kraj (2021, 103′, Poland), dir. Veronica Andersson, Filip Hillesland, Mateusz Motyka and Maciej Ślesicki, six dark comedy stories
  • 2:30 pm  1800 grams / 1800 gramów (2019, 100′, Poland), dir. Marcin Głowacki, social drama
  •                includes Cremation of Time (2021, 4′), dir. Beata Poźniak, experimental COVID-19 documentary
  • 5:30 pm  Black Mercedes / Czarny Mercedes (2019, 110′, Poland), dir. Janusz Majewski, a who done it WWII film noir
  • 8:30 pm  Taxing Love / Podatek od miłości (2018, 102′, Poland), dir. Bartłomiej Ignaciuk, rom-com
Saturday-Sunday, October 23 & 24 at Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski
  • no info available to the media

There is no info available to the general public about movies and screening times at the Polish Cultural Center this weekend – not even at the SPFF website or Polish Home website. This is unprecedented, and frankly, it’s mindboggling. SPFF Director Zbyszek Pietrzyk declined to provide relevant information to be published at the Polish News. If you don’t like this situation, please let him know what you think.

Tickets and COVID-19 regulations for all SIFF venues
  • tickets available online only on the SIFF website here
  • proof of vaccination and masks required for entry
  • capacity reduced to 50%, social distancing required – the SIFF Film Center capacity is reduced to 43 seats only, so make your reservations early.
Free movies, COVID-19 regulations at the Polish Cultural Center
  • free movies, no tickets required
  • proof of vaccination and masks required for entry
  • reduced capacity and social distancing

More: SPFF website