Young at Heart
From Poland with Love

10 December - 27 December 2014

Pera Film’s Young at Heart: From Poland with Love program presents a selection of films representing works by the new, young and talented Polish film directors. Produced between the years 2008 and 2013, the selected films were awarded at international film festivals and hailed with enthusiasm. The common theme of this selection mostly concerns the cultural clash of the value of systems: Catholicism vs. atheism, idealism in contrast with cynicism, and solidarity vs. the wild capitalism. The stories break historical and moral taboos as well as question the meaning of democracy. They also expose topics and problems such as guilt, sins, exploitation, justice and social exclusion. A portrait of contemporary Poland is presented as an economic phenomenon being eroded by violence, greed, and misplaced values. Some of the films must be regarded as an unusual and brave attempt exposing the sexist social attitudes, which still persist in the modern-day country. The undisputed leader of the new generation of young filmmakers is Małgorzata Szumowska (b. 1973). She especially focuses on women placed in extreme situations. Her most prominent film 33 Scenes from Life about the inability to mourn close relatives was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Locarno International Festival. Another promising director, Tomasz Wasilewski of Floating Skyscrapers, directed the first gay themed film in Poland (winner East of West Award in Karlove Vary). The youngest director of the selection is Jan Komasa (b. 1981) of Suicide Room, an emotional teen drama, which premiered at Berlinale.

Director and screenwriter Leszek Dawid will be in conversation in the context of the program.

This event is organized as part of the 2014 cultural program, celebrating the 600th anniversary of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations.