Tag Archives: Polish cinema

Ki/My name is Ki by Leszek Dawid (2011)

In the Polish Feature Competition

A dynamic and energetic story with brilliant performances by two leading actors – Roma Gąsiorowska and Adam Woronowicz.

Ki is a single mother of a 3-year old boy, who has an incredible talent of blaming everyone around for anything that does not go well, while at the same time involving everyone around with her responsibilities – as a mother, as flatmate, as friend. As a result, Ki – an aspiring performance artist – has fewer and fewer people at her side willing to bring on help.

Miko – her reluctant flatmate (again, she moves in thanks to a favour offered by another friend and does not respect the rules of the house blaming the toddler for her incapabilities) is a silent superhero in Ki’s life, which she fails to notice until it is too late and he leaves for good.

This film won the Off Plus Camera Polish Film Competition and one of the perks is UK distribution. Go watch it. You will hate Ki for all her games and will reflect at how it is possible that such people exist and ruin our lives every day.

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Prosta Historia o Milosci by Arkadiusz Jakubik

In other words: A Simple Love Story.

Not as simple as the title would suggest. The love story happens on (at least) three levels. There is a scriptwriting couple telling the story from voiceover, there are two young people, who meet after many years and there are two roles told by the first couple, played by the second one.

Jakubik challenges the audience to read as much into the story as possible adding one more level – of actors being interviewed as improvised monologues. The blurring between what’s written, what’s improvised and what’s played is so twisted that at some point each of the spectators will gladly surrender to the master hands of the film’s author.

A brilliant idea, made for own money, a truly indie cinema in skillful hands.

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