MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL

Directed by Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek
UK | 2018 | 87 min


EVENT INFORMATION


NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE!

Friday, March 22, 2019
 @ McConomy Auditorium, CMU

6:00pm - Food Reception

7:00pm - Film Screening


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SECOND SCREENING!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6:00pm
 @ Carlow University, Gailliot Center

Free and open to the public!

 

EVENT INCLUDES:

  • Q&A with Directors Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek
  • Food Reception catered by S&D Deli


PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH: Carlow University & The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

CO-PRESENTED WITH: CMU's Center for the Arts in Society

SUPPORTED BY: Polish Cultural Institute in New York


Core Conversation: Blurred Lines Between Fiction and Documentary Cinema @ Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Lecture with Directors Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek

Sunday, March 24, 2019

4:30pm @ Trust Arts Education Center

More info here

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ABOUT THE FILM


"“[MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL] is an exciting, experimental effort by filmmakers who are aware of cinematic history as well as the society in which they operate.”
- Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa

MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL borrows from cinema verite and video bloggers to create a rare naturalism in style and performance. Katie, a young, rich American, decides to make a documentary film about Alicja, an impulsive Polish actress living in London. During the making of the film, the interference of Katie in the life of her character proves to have serious consequences, both in their relationship and the film’s narrative. Set in a post-Brexit-vote London, Katie’s colonizing, disruptive presence in Alicja’s life mirrors the treatment of migrants in the UK: Welcomed, used, then discarded. MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL is a raw, sexual, and visually brash film exploring the abusive power and control over someone’s intimacy.

Watch the trailer here.


AWARDS:


  • Nominee, Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2018, Best Film
  • Nominee, Polish Film Festival, 2018, Golden Claw
  • Nominee, Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2018, Best First Film


ABOUT THE DIRECTORS




Ewa and Mateusz, graduates of the Polish National Film School, are a British-Polish-Swedish husband and wife filmmaking team. Their debut feature film, MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL, had its world premiere in competition at Rotterdam International Film Festival (2018). Past short films have played at prestigious festival such as Cannes, Telluride, London Film Festival, and Karlovy, Vary. Alongside their film career they’ve written extensively for the BBC and have both lectured on filmmaking around Europe. Presently, they are working on their next feature project, THE KING OF THE FLAT WHITE (AS NARRATED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND), exploring immigrant identity in a post-Brexit London.