SILENT NIGHT
 
 Cicha Noc

 

 

SILENT NIGHT

 

drama, comedy I 2017 I Poland 

THURSDAY, 6/09/2018 6:00pm for 6:30pm start

 

 

Original Title:  CICHA NOC

Duration:  97 min

Language:  Polish with English subtitles

 

Director: Piotr Domalewski

Writer:  Piotr Domalewski

Cast: Dawid Ogrodnik, Tomasz Ziętek, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Agnieszka Suchora, Maria Dębska, Tomasz Schuchardt, Paweł Nowisz, Magdalena Żak, Amelia Tyszkiewicz, Elżbieta Kępińska, Adam Cywka, Jowita Budnik 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OPENING NIGHT!

 

Join us for a complimentary drink and Polish delicacies before the Australian premiere of the most awarded Polish film of 2017 – SILENT NIGHT.

 

6:00pm -  Drinks and finger food on arrival    6:30pm – Film screening

Hailed the best Polish film of the year, Silent Night is a Christmas-time family drama infused with black humour. This incredibly well received feature debut by Piotr Domalewski, with exceptional performances by Dawid Ogrodnik (Life Feels Good, The Last Family), Arkadiusz Jakubik (Life Feels Good, Carte Blanche, I’m a Killer), Agnieszka Suchora and Tomasz Schuchardt (Warsaw 44, Demon, Lullyby Killer) won in 10 out of 11 nominated categories at the 2018 Polish Academy Awards, as well as winning the Golden Lions for Best Film at Gdynia Film Festival 2017.

 

Silent Night is a fictional but painfully true story. Set during the most family oriented time of the year, it aims to show how economic migration that is meant to improve family standing and earn a better living often weakens family bonds, bringing outcomes different from intended.

 

On Christmas Eve Adam (Dawid Ogrodnik), who lives and works abroad, makes a surprise visit to his family home in the underdeveloped Eastern part of Poland. At first he keeps the real reason for his unexpected return to Poland to himself. Progressively he starts letting one relative after another in on his plans of starting his own company with money obtained by selling his relatives’ land. His father (Arkadiusz Jakubik), also a former emigrant, his estranged brother (Tomasz Ziętek), his sister (Maria Dębska) and her husband (Tomasz Schuchardt) all have a significant role to play in his scheme. During the traditional Christmas Eve supper, Adam learns that not everyone in his family is as enthusiastic about his plans as he is. Things get even more complicated when he announces that he’s going to be a father. At that point, in line with a time-honoured Polish tradition, alcohol appears on the table. Nobody in the family has the slightest suspicion that the ensuing events of that Christmas Eve are going to have a massive impact on their lives.

PIOTR DOMALEWSKI 

Film director, screenwriter and actor. His short films have won awards at various festivals across Europe. He is also a playwright. His play Five Square Metres was a finalist of national playwright competition Metafory Rzeczywistostości (Metaphors of Reality) in 2014. His film Stranger won the Grand Prix at the International Film Festival Cinemaforum in Warsaw. His feature debut Silent Night won the Golden Lions Grand Prize at the 42nd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.

 

From the outset of my journey as a director, I have been fascinated by films which use a simple story, the drama of a central character who is in no way distinctive, to talk about a wider community or a general social problem. My short films, including Stranger, The Moment and 60 Kilos of Nothing, were attempts at making that kind of film. Even though I examined a different problem in each of them, working on them consolidated my belief that this way of telling a story is the most interesting artistic direction for me to take and the road I would like to continue following. In my view, the exemplar for this kind of cinema is Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning A Separation, where it is not only the moving story of the intimate drama played out between the main characters which is laid bare for audiences, but also truths about a society unfamiliar to them. - Piotr Domalewski

AWARDS

2018 – Polish Film Awards The Eagles:

             Best Film

             Best Director

             Audience Award

             Discovery of Year (Piotr Domalewski - director)​

             Best Actor (Dawid Ogrodnik) 

             Best Supporting Actress (Agnieszka Suchora)

             Best Supporting Actor (Arkadiusz Jakubik)

             Best Screenplay

             Best Cinematography (Piotr Sobocinski Jr.)

             Best Sound 

2018 - OFF CAMERA Independent Cinema Festival, Cracow

            FIPRESCI Award

            Audience Award

2018 - Molodist Kiev International Film Festival

            Audience Award

2017 – Gdynia Film Festival: 

             Golden Lions - Best Film

             Silver Lions, Best Screenplay Award

            Best Actor (Dawid Ogrodnik) 

             Journalist Award

SILENT NIGHT

LUNA LEEDERVILLE I THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 6:00PM for 6.30PM start*    

*We encourage you to arrive at 6pm for the Opening Night screening of SILENT NIGHT in order to have enough time to grab your free drink, taste some Polish delicacies and to secure a good seat. Please make sure you purchase your tickets in advance as they sell fast. 

 
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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

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Cicha Noc, photo: R. Jaworski

 
 

POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN PERTH  2018 

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TAXING LOVE
Sunday 23 September 6:30 pm

 

 

The story of Polish 303 Fighter Squadron

 

They were the highest-scoring Allied fighter squadron in the Battle of Britain, downing three times the average RAF score while suffering one third of the casualties.

 

SQUADRON 303
Thursday 25 October 6:30 pm

 

 

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PERTH FESTIVAL DATES

 

 

Program Announced

7 Oct 2019 

 

Tickets on Sale
7 Oct 2019

 

Perth Opening Night 

Thursday 29 Oct 2019

Festival Dates

29 Oct  – 15 Dec 2019

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