Directed by Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek
UK | 2018 | 87 min
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE!
Friday, March 22, 2019
@ McConomy Auditorium, CMU
6:00pm - Food Reception
7:00pm - Film Screening
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6:00pm @ Carlow University, Gailliot Center
Free and open to the public!
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
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.
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.