2018, Amazon Studios, 88 min, Poland/France/UK, Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawel Pawlikowski (2015 Oscar winner IDA) earned the Best Director award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for this passionate romance between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of postwar Poland, broadly inspired by the filmmaker’s parents. Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is an even-tempered musician grounded in the urban intelligentsia and Zula (Joanna Kulig) is a charismatic young singer with a mysterious past and a seemingly limitless future - a pair who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Shot in black-and-white and set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate - an impossible love story in impossible times.

2014, 120 min, Poland, Dir: Lukasz Palkowski

In 1985, Zbigniew Religa became the first surgeon in Poland to successfully transplant a human heart, and this riveting biopic underlines the achievement, made in the face of skepticism and government bureaucracy. Tomasz Kot is sensational as the chain-smoking Religa, and GODS earned six Eagles at the Polish Film Awards including Best Film, Director, Screenplay and Actor. “You wouldn’t think a film about cardiology in Poland would be such a kick, but BOGOWIE … is a fast-paced, soapy pleasure, sort of like ‘ER’ or ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ but with the 1980s setting adding a judicious dollop of iron-curtain period kitsch.” - Leslie Felperin, The Guardian. In Polish with English subtitles.

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