The Polish Zoom events will be held during September-October 2019 all over Israel.  The events that are led by The Polish Institute in Tel Aviv together with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute from Poland, will include screenings of a variety of the best Polish movies that, over time, had won international prizes.  Those films offer an outstanding example of 100 years of Polish cinematography.  The screenings will take place at the cinematheques in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Herzliya, Sderot and Holon.  In addition to the screenings we will host representatives of the Polish movie industry and will have musical events that are representing the artistic encounter between movie and music art.    The films:  Beast (1917) – dir. Aleksander Hertz The only remaining Polish film starring Pola Negri, one of the biggest stars in the history of silent cinema. By telling the story of a love triangle between an ambitious small town girl, a jealous admirer, and a wealthy industrialist, Aleksander Hertz delivers a morality play about the consequences of passion. His film is one of the classics of Polish silent cinema. about Aleksander Hertz   The Last Stage (1947) – dir. Wanda Jakubowska “Don’t let Auschwitz repeat itself!” – this is the final line of The Last Stage, the first feature film about German concentration camps. Director Wanda Jakubowska was a former Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoner during World War II and created this film/warning based on her own and her fellow prisoners’ experiences. Her film is a story about courage and sacrifice as well as the cruelty of which man is capable. About Wanda Jakubowska   How to Be Loved (1963) – dir. Wojciech Has This intimate melodrama is one of the most extraordinary achievements in Wojciech Has's filmography. In How to Be Loved, the director, who made history with his baroque shows like The Saragossa Manuscript, tells the story of war through the eyes of women, of loneliness, despair, and longing. Barbara Krafftówna’s role as the main protagonist is one of the most important performances in the history of Polish cinema. about Wojciech Has   Camera Buff (1979) – dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski In order to talk about the world, you must first understand yourself – this sums up the message of the film which became Krzysztof Kieślowski’s artistic testament. Made in 1979, the film criticized the reality of communist Poland, although first and foremost it was a self-referencing story about the birth of passion for film and the obligations of cinema. Years later, it turned out to be one of the most important entries in the Polish master of cinema’s filmography. about Krzysztof Kieślowski   The Lure (2015) – dir. Agnieszka Smoczyńska Teenage sirens, dance parties in Communist Warsaw, love, violence, sex, and a police investigation. Agnieszka Smoczyńska's bold film is where musical meets romance and references to romantic classics are mixed with the aesthetics of gore cinema. Smoczyńska uses these elements to create a nostalgic feminist fairytale about growing up and the power of love. about Agnieszka Smoczyńska   The Last Family (2015) – dir. Jan Matuszyński One of the boldest debuts from this decade of Polish cinema. Jan P. Matuszyński tells the story of the famous painter Zdzisław Beksiński, focusing not on painting itself, but on the artist’s personal relationships with his wife and son. This family portrait combines pessimism and ironic humour, while the director’s talent and actors’ excellent performances translate into a moving story about the inevitability and taming of death. about Jan Matuszyński   The Butler (2018) – dir. Filip Bajon Filip Bajon’s epic blockbuster is a story of love and war that spans over half a century. A relationship between a young butler and a Prussian aristocrat is the starting point for a story about the Polish-German past, tolerance, and the emerging demons of nationalism. It is a spectacular film with excellent performances by Adam Woronowicz and Janusz Gajos, one of the best actors in the history of Polish cinema. about Filip Bajon   Nina (2018) – dir. Olga Chajdas Olga Chajdas’ debut is a non-typical story of lesbian love and discovering one’s own identity. It revolves around an affair between a forty-year-old teacher and a young surrogate who carries her child, combining family drama with homoerotic melodrama and a story about passions that take control over the characters. Nina is both exhibitionist and intimate, brutally honest, yet full of tenderness.   For further details in Tel Aviv Cinematheque website  For further details in Jerusalem Cinematheque website  For further details in Herzliya Cinematheque website  For further details in Sderot Cinematheque website  For further details in Haifa Cinematheque website  For further details in Holon Cinematheque website