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KINO! – Back Then (15 Cert TBC)

Director: Kinga Debska
Cast: Kinga Debska, Adam Woronwicz, Ewa Wisniewska
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Poland
Year: 2021
Running Time: Sunday 17 December, Film Talk 1pm-2pm (60mins); Film Screening at 2.30pm (94mins); Film Talk and Screening 184 mins Approx. (including 30m interval)

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Polish Film Talk
This screening will be introduced by Michael Brooke, a freelance writer specialising in central/eastern European cinema. He’ll be giving an extensively illustrated talk about Polish films with child and teenage protagonists, sometimes bearing witness to great events of the 20th century, sometimes wrestling with more everyday concerns. 

Filmmakers covered include such big names as Krzysztof Kieślowski and Andrzej Wajda, as well as ones who've specialised in this subject, like Dorota Kędzierzawska, Wojciech Marczewski and Katarzyna Rosłaniec.

Back Then (15 Cert TBC) (original title Zupa Nic) - Marta is a romantic and a victim of fate. She shares a room with her sister Kasia and their grandmother, who tells her granddaughters insurgent stories instead of fairy tales. In the room behind the wall, their parents Tadek and Elzbieta live their married life. He is an intellect, constantly humiliated by the system, who silently envies his prosperous brother-in-law. She is the president of the company's "Solidarity" with the need for freedom and a dream to finally break out of Poland. However, the real emotions for the whole family start when the dream orange toddler stands under the block.

Polish Film Awards 2022 Eagle Winner of Best Supporting Actress - Ewa Wisniewska

Polish Film Festival 2021 Golden Lions Nominee for Best Film - Kinga Debska


Is an in depth study of Polish films that allows an opportunity for those interested to explore gems in Polish cinema, through a discussion hosted and led by our resident central/eastern European  film expert, Michael Brooke.

About Michael Brooke

Michael is a freelance writer specialising in central/Eastern European cinema. He regularly hosts talks for the Polish Cultural Institute as well as being a contributor to the book Polish Cinema Now! (2010).

This programme includes the TALK at 1pm-2pm and a SCREENING OF THE FILM at 2.30pm. There is a small break to allow you to get some refreshments before watching the film and there is some time after the film to ask further questions.

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