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Polish Film Festival MADISON
Saturday, December 05, 2020
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This annual event is organized by the UW-Madison Polish Student Association in collaboration with the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic Languages, CREECA, Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Film Comittee, and the Polish Heritage Club of Madison WI.

This year’s edition of the Madison Polish Film Festival will be
an online-only event held on December 5th and 6th, 2020

All the films will be subtitled and available for screening
at any time during the festival weekend.

Registration is free and open to Wisconsin residents!


Movies screened in 2020 at the 30th

Annual Polish Film Festival



December 5 and 6, 2020

I Never Cry 
(original title: Jak najdalej stąd )

(2020, dir. Piotr Domalewski, 98 minutes)


Seventeen-year-old Ola sets off to Ireland to bring her father’s body back to Poland after he dies in a building site accident. But never mind her dad, Ola wants to know if he saved the money for a car he had promised her. Dealing with a foreign bureaucracy in her own streetwise way, Ola finally gets to know the father who had been largely absent in her life.

The Iron Bridge

December 5 and 6, 2020

The Iron Bridge 
(original title: Żelazny most)

(2019, dir. Monika Jordan-Młodzianowska, 85 minutes)


The dramatic story about a love triangle. Coalmine Foreman Kacper begins an affair with the wife of his friend, Oskar, also a miner. He sends Oskar off to work in the most distant and dangerous parts of the pit so that he can meet his lover. During one such tryst there’s a collapse at the mine, and Oskar is trapped. The lovers throw themselves into the rescue operation. They deal with feelings of guilt and with the realization that they were the indirect cause of the trapped man’s drama. Their strong feelings for each other further complicate their predicament.


December 5 and 6, 2020

Ikar. Legenda Mietka Kosza 
(original title: Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz)

(2019, dir. Maciej Pieprzyca, 110 minutes)


Inspired by the true story of the blind piano genius, Mieczylaw Kosz. As a child, Mietek (Mieczyslaw) loses his eyesight, and his mother places him in The Educational Center in Laski outside of Warsaw, a one-hundred-year-old school for the visually impaired. There he discovers music and finds that it is his way coping with the world. Mietek develops into an excellent classical pianist, but when he discovers jazz, he has only one goal: to become the best jazz pianist in Poland. He becomes more and more successful, not only in Poland, but around the world. He wins the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. Unexpectedly, a charismatic vocalist, Zuza, walks into his life, a meeting that will change his life forever.