comedy, crime I 1981 I Poland
SUNDAY 25/09/2022 4:00pm
THE BACKLOT PERTH
Original Title: Vabank
Duration: 109 min
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Director: Juliusz Machulski
Writer: Juliusz Machulski
Cast: Jan Machulski, Leonard Pietraszak, Witold
Pyrkosz, Ewa Szykulska, Jacek Chmielnik,
Krzysztof Kiersznowski, Elżbieta Zającówna,
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its premiere, join us to watch on the big screen the cult heist movie VABANK, one of the best and most popular Polish comedies.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its cinema premiere in March 1982, we invite you to watch with us on the big screen the cult heist movie VABANK. Set in the criminal underworld of 1930’s Warsaw, it tells the story of charming bank robber Henryk Kwinto (Jan Machulski), who upon leaving prison decides to take sweet revenge on his former partner, Gustaw Kramer (Leonard Pietraszak), responsible for Kwinto’s incarceration. Not only does he come up with a clever plan to rob Kramer’s famous and well protected bank, but also makes it look like the culprit is Kramer himself.
From the director of smash hits such as Sex Mission and Kiler, VABANK was the directorial debut of Juliusz Machulski, made shortly after graduating from the Łodź Film School.
"Humour, brilliantly constructed intrigue, exacting and tight directorial methods – in this film, everything came together perfectly, allowing the creation of a story both relevant and captivating to audiences from any country." — Vladimir Gromov, Culture.pl
Director, screenwriter and film producer. His feature debut “Vabank” became one of the biggest hits of Polish cinematography. The greatest Polish comedy of all time, “Seksmisja” (Sexmission), written and directed by Juliusz Machulski, attracted about 12 million viewers in Poland within a year of its premiere. “Szwadron” (Squadron), of which Machulski was director, screenwriter and producer, was the Polish entry to the Oscar Academy Award in 1993. Juliusz Machulski was the producer of feature film "In Darkness" (Polish title: "W ciemności") by Agnieszka Holland, which was nominated for the Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Film in 2012.
Juliusz Machulski is the creator of many hit movies, such as: “Vabank” (Vabank), “Seksmisja” (Sexmission), “Vabank II, czyli riposta” (Vabank II), “Kingsajz” (King Size) and “Kiler” (Killer). He is the author of TV plays such as "Jury" (The Jury), "19. południk" (19th Meridian), “Przerwanie działań wojennych” (Cease-fire), “Next-ex” (Next-ex), "Matka brata mojego syna" (Mother of my son's brother), "Brancz" (Brunch).
Winner of numerous awards and honorable mentions in the film industry, including six awards of Golden Lions at the Gdynia Film Festival, Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Eagles awarded by the Polish Film Academy, the Warsaw Mermaid of the Polish Journalists Association, and the Golden Tape awarded by the Polish Filmmakers Association.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
WINNER: AGIS-BNL Award I Mystfest I 1982
WINNER: Best Debut Director I Gdynia Film Festival I 1981
NOMINATED: Gold Hugo for Best Feature I Chicago International Film Festival I 1982
NOMINATED: Best Film I Mystfest I 1982