The Polish Cinema

When I think about my country’s culture, the first thing that pops into my mind is its cinematography. We have (and had) among us outstanding artists who became famous worldwide. The work they created amazes many but remains unknown to even more. So in this article, I want to share with you a piece of my country. A piece very close to my heart but at the same time one that I am willing to give out to everyone.

The history of Polish cinematography begins shortly after the creation of cinematography worldwide. Its most important period starts with the end of World War II, when the new government dedicated a lot of resources to the cinema’s development. With money, more productions were made possible and more rising directors received a thorough education in film-making.

Łódź is the capital of cinematography in Poland. It is the city in which the National Film School is placed. Not only is it a leading Polish academy for people passionate about film, it is respected in the entire Europe and recognized worldwide. Three of the School’s alumni won Oscars, one was nominated for the same prize and two received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

So who are the mentioned prominent filmmakers? The most famous one has to be Roman Polanski. As one of the few international directors worldwide, he made movies in France, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. His two most recognized pieces are The Pianist and The Ghost Writer. Both were nominated for countless awards and both won many of them, with The Pianist winning both the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Director and The Ghostwriter winning three prizes at the European Film Awards alone. It is worth mentioning that Polanski has also received awards for his overall contribution to the world’s cinema.

Another brilliant director, who sadly passed away last year, was Andrzej Wajda. What I find the most interesting about his lifetime’s work is the dedication to portray Poland’s struggles throughout the course of its history. As well as Polanski, he also received multiple awards, among which are an Honorary Oscar, an Honorary Golden Lion, the Palme d’Or and Golden Bear Awards. As if his outstanding achievements in cinematography weren’t enough, he also engaged greatly in working in the theatre and contributed to developing Poland’s politics.

I think that Poland owes a lot to its incredible filmmakers. Thanks to them, it is better recognized worldwide and its unusual history is featured in beautiful productions. There is much more to Polish cinema than the two famous directors which I felt needed to be mentioned. I invite everyone to watch their movies and explore other artists of the Polish movie scene. It will help you find out more about this country with an exceptional past, at the same time immersing you in the best quality of filmmaking.

Happy watching!

Maria S.