Guests

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Grażyna Błęcka-Kolska

Polish actress. She has appeared in 22 films and television shows since 1988. She starred in Johnnie Waterman, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. She works both in theatre and film and for years was a muse to the director Jan Jakub Kolski. She is also known for her work with Andrzej Wajda, Roman Załuski and Waldemar Krzystek.

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Agata Czarkowska

German philologist to the bone. Sometimes she forces her students to listen to German radio plays and songs. She is a presenter of Radio Wrocław Kultura. Her first words were: John, Paul, George and Ringo. Her inspiration is her dad and his collection of vinyl records. Hobby: digging in the deepest corners of pop culture.

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Martyna Gliniecka

Born in the decade that starts with a nine. A PhD student at the Department of Philology at the University of Wrocław, who teaches at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and the University of Wrocław. She researches intercultural advertising and creativity in ads. She also works in advertising as a copywriter. She describes herself as a pop culture junkie- she doesn’t condemn anything, it can all come in handy some day. She likes when there is too much, when it’s ugly but for a reason. And dogs, she really likes dogs.

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Agnieszka Holland

Born in Warsaw but went to Czechoslovakia to study film directing at FAMU in Prague. She began her film career working in Poland with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before directing her own films, which were soon winning awards at festivals – [ Cannes (1980), Gdansk, Berlin (1981), Montreal (1985,1987), Golden Globe Award (1991)] – and gaining notoriety as part of the Polish New Wave. Holland is best known in the United States for her Oscar-Nominated „Angry Harvest”, „Europa, Europa”, and Warner Bros. fims: „Olivier, Olivier” and the „The Secret Garden”. In 1994 she has directed „Red Wind” in the United States, a thriller for television produced by Sydney Pollack, which was aired on Arte in the series Fallen Angels. A year later she made „Total Eclipse”. In 1996 she has directed „Washington Square” in the United States, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Albert Finney.

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Błażej Hrapkowicz

Film critic, cultural studies expert. He hosts a “Kino Mówi” show in Ale kino+ and a radio show “Hrapkowidz” in Radio Four. He works with “Kino” magazine, internet website “dwutygodnik.com” and “filmweb.pl”. He is a co-author of “Seriale. Przewodnik Krytyki Politycznej”, “Wunderkamera. Kino Terry’ego Gilliama” and “Easter Promises”. A winner of Grand Prix of Krzysztof Mentrak’s award, three times nominee for the award of the Poilsh Film Institute Award. He is a member of a European Film Academy and International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI)

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Agnieszka Jakimiak

MISH University of Warsaw and drama at the Theatre Academy in Cracow student. The winner of Krzysztof Mętrak Award (Grand Prix 2010) for young film critics. Her esseys were published, among others, in „Dwutygodnik.com”, „Didaskalia” „Res Publica Nowa” and „Kino”. As a dramaturg worked with Weronika Szczawińska („How to Be Loved”, „Provintional Artists”) and Oliver Frljić („Undivine Comedy. Remains”).

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Dawid Junke

Born in 1989, is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław. He has studied at the University of Wrocław and Chapman University in Orange, California. Mr. Junke is currently working on a dissertation about religious motifs in American popular film and television. His research interests revolve around the philosophical and social impact of popular culture.

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Kaja Klimek

Born in Tarnowskie Góry in Silesia, Poland. Currently working on her dissertation on the remix phenomenon in popular culture at Uniwersytet Jagielloński in Kraków. Translates movies, sometimes writes about them (for Film, Dwutygodnik, Filmweb, HIRO, and other Polish film magazines and websites), and constantly discusses them – also with kids, as part of New Horizons Festival, Polish Film Institute and Filmoteka Szkolna film education programmes. Co-host of Weekendowy Magazyn Filmowy on Polish national TV – recently awarded as the best film program in Poland by Polish Film Institute. In 2015 launched Hashtag Warsztat – her YouTube vlog devoted to pop culture and movies. Likes graphic novels, plastic jewelry and… Nicholas Cage.

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Waldemar Krzystek

Polish film director and screenwriter with strong connections to Wrocław. Author of works such as “Suspended” (1986), “Dismissed from life” (1992), “Little Moscow” (2008) and “The Photographer” (2014). Awarded at many festivals including International Film Festival in San Sebastian, International Film Festival in Moscow and Gdynia Film Festival.

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Kazimierz Kutz

Polish film, tv and theatre director, screenwriter, founder of the Polish Filmmakers Society. Author of film trilogy “Salt of the black earth” (1969), “Pearl in the crown” (1971), “The beads of one rosary” (1979), for which he received the Grand Prix and the Polish Film Festival in 1980. In 2010 he became an honorary resident of Katowice.

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rev. Marek Lis

Professor of the Theological Faculty of Opole University. Author of publications concerning theological meaning of the cinema: Audiowizualny przekład Biblii. Od translatio do transmediatio [Audiovisual Translation of the Bible. From Translatio to Transmediatio] (Opole 2002), 100 filmów biblijnych [100 Biblical Films] (Kraków 2005), Figury Chrystusa w “Dekalogu” Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego [Christ-figures in ‘The Decalogue’ by Krzysztof Kieślowski] (Opole 2007, 2013), Krzysztof Zanussi. Przewodnik teologiczny [Krzysztof Zanussi. A theological guide] (Opole 2015). Editor of Światowa encyklopedia filmu religijnego [World Encyclopedia of the Religious Film] (Kraków 2007), Cinematic Transformations of the Gospel (ed., Opole 2013), Kieślowski czyta Dekalog [Kieślowski Reads the Decalogue] (Opole 2014). Member of the Ecumenical Juries in Cannes, Fribourg, Warsaw, Yerevan.

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Artur Majer

PhD in arts, graduated from film studies and journalism at Jagiellonian Uniwersity. Between 2008-2012 he was the head of the Film Production Department at the Polish Film Institute. He currently works for the Polish Television (TV and Production Agency). He was a professor at many 3rd level institutions (Jagiellonian University, Warsaw Film School, Silesian University, National Film School in Łódź) where he taught film history, film critique, interpersonal communication and organisation of film production. Majer is a member of Polish Communication Association and Polish Filmmakers Association. In 2014 his book „The Cinema of Juliusz Machulski” was published.

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Jakub Majmurek

Film and art critic, political columnist and philosopher. Co-author of many book concerning movies (Story of Sin. Surrealism in Polish cinema) and social and political philosophy (L’idée du communisme II). He writes mainly for Dziennik Opinii, liberal on-line journal of opinion.

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Samuel Nowak

Educated at the Jagiellonian University [MA] in cultural studies; PhD in media studies. Research areas: British cultural studies, critical theory, posthumanities. Fellowships, research projects and study visits: Universiteit Antwerpen, King’s College London, New York University, Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Michał Oleszczyk

film critic and scholar based in Poland. In 2012, he has been named the Critic of the Year by the Polish Film Institute. His work has appeared in numerous Polish outlets, as well as on American websites such as „Fandor”, „The House Next Door” and „Hammer to Nail”. Oleszczyk wrote the first Polish book on the films of Terence Davies and has published a translation of James L. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum’s „Midnight Movies”. After having defended a PhD thesis on the work of Pauline Kael, he has taught film at Polish universities, as well as worked as a programmer for Off Plus Camera International Film Festival. From 2014 Head of Gdynia Film Festival.

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Adriana Prodeus

The author of „Themersons. Biographical Essay”. Her book „Thirteenth Month. Movies of Quay Brothers” was edited together with Kuba Mikurda, „Let’s change it all” about children’s street protests together with Katarzyna Roj. She holds MA in art history and performance studies. As a Fulbright grant holder she has studied at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts under Prof. Richard Schechners tutorial. Currently she hosts weekly TV programme concerning art (WOK SZTUKA) and teaches in frames of New Horizons of Cinema at Kino Muranów. Frequently working with Nowy Teatr she conducted the New Cinema Club and curates “Do It Yourself” project about artistic education. Her articles and essays have been contributed for „Dwutygodnik.com”, „Kuluraliberalna.pl”, „Kino”, „Film” and Polish art magazines. Born in Wroclaw, works and lives in Warsaw.

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Wiesław Saniewski

Polish director and screenwriter. His films, such as “Custody” (1983), “The Stalking Season” (1985), “The Touched” (1988), “Stranger Must Fly” (1993), “Immensity of Justice” (2006) or “The Winner” (2011) has received a number of awards. Born in Wrocław, graduated in mathematics, began as a film journalist to eventually become a film director.

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Monika Talarczyk-Gubała

PhD., an assistant professor at the Institute of Polish and Cultural Studies, University of Szczecin. Researcher of women’s cinema in Poland and Middle-Eastern Europe. Author of books about Polish female film directors, such as Wanda Jakubowska and Barbara Sass. For her book “Biały Mazur. Women’s cinema in Polish cinematography” (Poznań 2013) she received the Polish Film Institute Award in 2014. Lecturer in Polish Film Academy and New Horizons of Film Education. Feminist, art and women’s cinema enthusiast.

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Krzysztof Zanussi

Born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland. Documentary and feature film director. Studied physics at Warsaw University and philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Graduated from Lodz Film Academy in 1966. Amateur film maker. His school diploma film ‚Death of a Provincial’ (Smierc prowincjala (1968)) won an awards in Venice, Mannheim, Valladolid and Moscow in 1967. Other early films made for TV include: ‚Next Door’ (Za sciana (1971)), Grand Prix in San Remo; ‚Hypothesis’ (Hipoteza (1973)).
Scriptwriter or co-writer of all of his TV and cinema films. Other early feature films: ‚Structure of a Crystal’ (Struktura krysztalu (1969)), which won in Mar del Plata 1970; ‚Family Life’ (Życie rodzinne (1971)), which won in Chicago 1971, Valladolid 1972 and Colombo 1973; ‚Illumination’ (Iluminacja (1973)), Grand Prix in Locarno 1973, award in Gdansk 1974; ‚Quarterly Balance’ (Bilans kwartalny (1975)); ‚Camouflage’ (Barwy ochronne (1977)), Spiral (Spirala (1978)).