Talking About Borders

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Talking About Borders is an international drama competition and theatre festival which takes place in Nuremberg. This year’s country in focus is Poland. In cooperation with Talking About Borders, NIHRFF presents six contemporary Polish films that reflect on the socio-political situation in Poland. All films will be screened in their original language with either English or German subtitles. Venue is Filmhauskino at Königstr. 93, 90402 Nuernberg.

CALL ME MARIANNA

Documentary, Poland 2015, 75 min, Polish language with English subtitles, Director: Karolina Bielawska
Marianna is an attractive 40-year-old woman who has just sued her parents in order to obtain a gender reassignment. Alienated by her mother and neglecting her best friends, she seeks refuge in a theatre group where she comes to make sense of her situation by rehearsing a play based on her past. When the days to the operation loom over her, Marianna kindles an unlikely romance with an older gentleman who offers her a ray of hope, but she remains confronted with the idea of losing what she holds dearest to her – her family – and she must face the chilling reminder of the sacrifices one takes to be themselves. Call Me Marianna, the opera prima by Karolina Bielawska, is an homage to freedom of identity and the unpredictable twists and turns life can offer.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 8:15 p.m., kinoeins

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STRANGE HEAVEN

Fiction. Obce niebo, Poland 2015, 98 min, Polish, Swedish language with English subtitles, Director: Dariusz Gajewski
Basia and Marek are not a perfect couple. The husband (Bartłomiej Topa) has a past and an unfinished affair, the wife (Agnieszka Grochowska) is a hysterical drama queen. They moved to Sweden a few years before. Marek started coaching a female football team, while Basia takes care of the house and earns some money as a masseuse. He often turns to emotional behaviour, she would prefer him to keep both feet on the ground. They rent an apartment in an immigrant district, they still don’t speak Swedish, and their best friends are their Ukrainian neighbours. The only member of the family who seems to have adapted to the new situation is their daughter, seven-year-old Ula (Basia Kubiak). When the girl is taken away from them by a social worker due to a misunderstanding, Basia and Marek have to face a bureaucratic machine and evil regulations .
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 7:15 p.m., kommkino

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SUPER UNIT

Documentary, Superjednostka, Poland 2014, 20 min, Polish language with English subtitles, Director: Teresa Czepiec

BRAVE NEW WORLD

Documentary, Poland 2014, 55 min, Polish language with English subtitles, Director: Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz

SUPER UNIT is a remarkable residential building in Katowice, Poland, inspired by Swiss visionary Le Corbusier. More modest than his famous Unité d’habitation in Marseille, the Katowice complex chiefly resembles a giant high-rise block. Each of the 15 storeys has 50 flats. It’s common to meet a jogging neighbour or a child on a scooter in its maze of corridors. Thousands of lives are played out within the superstructure’s walls. The camera glides through corridors and cellars, glancing into a flat now and again, recording brief fragments of the inhabitants’ lives.

In BRAVE NEW WORLD, a left-wing group has managed a Cultural Centre in New World Street, Warsaw’s most representative shopping street. Populist right-wing groups soon complain that local authorities could offer such a prestigious address to a leftist group. The film is about this conflict, and the wider issue of how to create a new left in Poland.
Double programm: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 7:15 p.m., kommkino

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FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS

Fiction. Plynace wiezowce. Poland 2013, 89 min, Polish language with German subtitles, Director: Tomasz Wasilewski
Kuba attends an art opening with his girlfriend of two years and bumps into Michal. The connection between these two young men is instantaneous and intoxicating, and despite opposition from all sides, he allows Michal into his life. The results go beyond anything he could have imagined. This intimate and bold second feature from Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski captures the often-complicated consequences of finding love where others do not want it.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7:15 p.m., kommkino

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THE QUEEN OF SILENCE

Documentary, Poland, Germany 2014, 80 min, Polish, Romani languages with German subtitles, Director: Agnieszka Zwiefka
10 years old Denisa is an outcast in many ways. She is an illegal citizen of a gypsy camp in Poland, but most of all – she doesn’t speak as no one has ever diagnosed her with severe hearing disabilities. She lives in a world of her own, full of rhythm and dance, imitating the glamorous women from Bollywood DVDs she found in a nearby garbage. Dancing she can be anyone she wants, even a queen, escape from the harsh reality and finally express what she can’t say – joy, sadness and fear. 
Wednesday, June 24, 2016, 7:15 p.m., kommkino

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