This annual event is organized by the UW-Madison Polish Student Association in collaboration with the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic Languages , CREECA , ASM of Madison , Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Film Comittee, and the Polish Heritage Club of Madison WI.

The festival became an established tradition of celebrating and promoting
recent and the most accomplished Polish movies.

Shows are free to the public
Seating is limited and provided on a "first come, first served" basis
Films are screened in the original language with English subtitles

Screening location: The Marquee Cinema at Union South
1308 W Dayton St room 245, Madison, WI 53705

Movies screened in 2018 at the 28th

Annual Polish Film Festival


November 18 at 1pm

HAPPINNESS OF THE WORLD (pl. Szczęście Świata)

2016, 98 min, director Michal Rosa

A beatifully photographed tale about the unusual inhabitants of an apartment building in Silesia, a region near the Polish-German border: Rose, an alluring Jewish woman, and the three men enchanted with her – a Pole, a Silesian, and a German teenager. The movie has two parts. The first one is set in the summer of 1939 and ends dramatically during the war. The second takes place in the 1950s and tells the story of how the war-surviving residents of the apartment building struggle with the new socialist reality.

November 18 at 3pm

THE BUTLER (pl. Kamerdyner)

2018, 2h 30 min, director Filip Bajon

A saga of the Prussian family von Krauss living in Puck area entwined with the story of forbidden love between the Kashubian boy Mateusz and the German aristocrat Marita. Set between 1900 and 1945, the script depicts the complicated fate of three nations inhabiting the former Polish-German borderland in northern Kashubia: Germans, Kashubes, and Poles. The borderline set by the Versailles Treaty after the WWI divided not just the territory, but also the people, causing hatred and leading to the horrific crime during the WWII.

December 2 at 1pm

SQUADRON 303 (pl. Dywizjon 303)

2018, 1h 40 min, director Denis Delic

A story of Polish airmen who bravely fought in aeral combat over the England's skies in WW2 - not just to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to keep alive the very idea of their own country reminaing under the German and Soviet occupation. Wearing the Royal Air Force (RAF) blue uniforms, the 303 Squadron (one of 16 fighting in RAF) shot three times as many Luftwaffe planes as any other of Allied squadrons. While they fought, Poland lived.

December 2 at 3pm

BREAKING THE LIMITS (original title: Najlepszy)

2017, 110 min, dir. Lukasz Palkowski

The fascinating, true-life tale of a drug addict who against the odds became a triathlon champion and set a world record in 1990. His story is full of incredible ups and downs, tremendous effort, and unbelievable strength, but his achievements would not have been possible without two women in his life.


Design: Irena Frączek