Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

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In 2015, Filmhouse Edinburgh was delighted to partner with KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival and BFI Southbank for a national UK tour of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.

This unique series represented the first ever celebration of Polish cinema classics in the UK on such a large scale, bringing together 24 masterpieces chosen by Scorsese himself, including many undiscovered gems and four previous Oscar®-nominated pictures, all brilliantly restored and digitally remastered to 2K resolution; as well as providing a series of contextual workshops, talks, exhibitions and an array of special guests to explore Polish film culture. Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema shone a light on Polish cinema, showcasing a selection of films made during a particularly fertile and creative time in Poland (spanning the period from 1958-1988) and the prodigious talent that came out of the world-renowned Łódź Film School.

Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema was part of the 13th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival, organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in London, launched with a screening of Camouflage (1977) with special guest director Krzysztof Zanussi in attendance. A world-renowned director, screenwriter, producer and author who studied philosophy and physics before graduating at the Łódź Film School in 1966, Zanussi’s intellectual and philosophical works are known for exploring the complexity of moral choices and metaphysical questions in everyday life. His films The Constant Factor (1980) and The Illumination (1973) were also shown as part of the Masterpieces season.

A national tour presented by Filmhouse and KINOTEKA, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery also took place at venues throughout the UK, in cities including Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Canterbury, Cardiff, Derby, Dublin, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and the Chichester International Film Festival.

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