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UK's Kinoteka festival to open with classic The Promised Land

Other selections include Imagine, Baby Blues and To Kill A Beaver [pictured].

The 11th-annual KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival will run March 7-17, screening across British cinema venues including the Barbican, Tate Modern, the National Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, among others.

The festival opens March 7 with the UK premiere of Ziemia Obiecana’s 1974 classic The Promised Land. The tale of three young friends in pursuit of a fortune was recently voted ‘Best Film in the History of Polish Cinema’ by the Polish magazine FILM.

Screening at the Riverside Studios March 8-10 for the festival’s New Polish Cinema section will be Imagine (Andrez Jakimowski), Baby Blues (Katarzyna Roslaniec), Rose (Wojciech Smarzowski), Manhunt (Marcin Krysztalowicz) and To Kill a Beaver (Jan Jakub Kolski).

National Women’s day will be honoured on March 8 with a free presentation of Maria Sadowska’s ‘feminist western’ Women’s Day at Riverside Studios. The viewing will be followed by a discussion and after-party with music by 73-year-old Polish cult DJ ‘DJ Wika.’

This year’s Closing Night concert event at the Barbican is Andy Votel presents: Kleksploitation, a visual journey in to the film music by composer Andrzej Korzynski. Korzynski has written soundtracks for more than 120 films including Wajda’s Everything for Sale, Zulawski’s Third Part of the Night and the cult children’s classic Pan Kleks.

The programme will also include interactive film workshops, a Roman Polanski-inspired filmmaking competition and cuisine by the Polish Society of Chefs and Pastry Chefs available throughout the festival at the Riverside Café.

More information and full programme details can be found on www.kinoteka.org.uk.

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