I came across an article in the Polish magazin Kino by Bartosz Czartoryski called “Video rental shop, Mon Amour” (08/2019). The article is in Polish, so this is why I decided to translate it on my own in order to discuss some interesting topic which I kind don’t agree with: generation who grew up with VHS is different from the one who can watch movies not only on DVD or Blu-ray but chooses primarily Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Dzień Kobiet (direct translation into English: Women’s Day) was claimed as the polish version of Erin Brockovich. The movie is interesting not only because of its universal story but also because of the director and the main actress. It was rewarded with the Grand Prix during the 2012 Cottbus FilmFestival.
Is it logic to start my first thoughts about trying to find out what makes movies so special? With many debates going on about what influence does Netflix has on a movie industry as well as falling numbers of sold cinema tickets, I kind of feel, that it’s interesting to take a quick stop and think: why movies?
Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei (engl. Walesa. Man of Hope) was directed by probably one of the best polish directors: Andrzej Wajda. Even though in 2000 he was awarded with The Academy Honorary Award, it took me a lot of time to start watching his movies. Until now, when there are no excuses left.
It doesn’t happen often in Germany but there are more and more special screenings of polish movies. One of them was in the beginning of July and The movie was called Ciemno, prawie noc (engl. Dark, almost night) and is based on a book by Joanna Bator under the same title.