FILM SPOTTING: September 2009 in Polish cinemas


There’s nothing I’m really desperate to see, so since September is shaping up to be a rather insane month with way too much to do, this might mean I won’t see any of these. Time will tell…

Let's Make Money (Austria, 2008)

Release Date (Poland) 11th September 2009 (Against Gravity)
Release Date (worldwide): 30th October 2008
Runtime: 110′
Director: Erwin Wagenhofer
Production House: Allegro Film
Plot: (from imdb)

Most of us don’t know where their money is. However, one thing is for certain, it’s is not in the bank to which we entrusted it. The bank and our money is already a part of the cycle of the global money market.


The sceptical part of me thinks that…
…I don’t like that clip ;-P It looks like a poor version of what The Corporation (which I recently reviewed) tried to do. Might be full of boring propaganda.

The excited part of me thinks that…
It was shown at the Planete Doc Review festival in May and the documentaries there usually have a relatively high standard. And besides, what happens to our money in the grand scheme of things is a topic that has begun to be increasingly interesting to me.

9 (USA, 2009)

Release Date (Poland): 18th September 2009
Release Date (worldwide): 9th September 2009
Runtime: 79′
Director: Shane Acker
Cast: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Crispin Glover, Jennifer Connelly, Fred Tatasciore, Elijah Wood, Alan Oppenheimer, Tom Kane, Helen Wilson
Production House: Focus Features, Relativity Media, Starz Animation
Plot: (from imdb)

A post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened.

Check it out here.

The sceptical part of me thinks that…
…this is an animated film and I still don’t get them. Why on Earth am I drawn to watch so many of them of late? And why do I end up declaring I didn’t get them and then still go to see more? lol
Also I’m a bit worried this will have Polish dubbing, which would be a shame - it’s got a terrific cast.

The excited part of me thinks that…
The trailer quite simply looks beautiful. And the music and voices are very effective too.

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (USA, 2009)

Release Date (Poland): 18th September 2009
Release Date (worldwide): 19th April 2009
Runtime: 95′
Director: John Kent Harrison
Cast: Maja Ostaszewska, Anna Paquin, Danuta Stenka
Production House: Baltmedia, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, Jeff Most Productions, K&K Selekt
Plot: (from imdb)

The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazi’s for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.


The sceptical part of me thinks that…
the Polish trailer looks absolutely awful, though that is probably largely because of the horrible dubbing. Still, if they really have dubbed the film for the Polish market (which would be rather unusual - mostly it’s only films which are clearly aimed at young audiences that get dubbed) then I definitely do not want to see this. I’m hoping that maybe the Polish dubbing is just for Hallmark (Hallmark is one of the producers and this film doesn’t seem to have many cinema releases worldwide, mostly it’s just TV).

The excited part of me thinks that…
…seeing Anna Paquin playing a Pole is so bizarre a concept to me that I’d really like to see it ;) And anyway, I’ve always really liked her and there hasn’t been much opportunity to see her of late.

Galerianki (Poland, 2009)

Release Date (Poland): 25th September 2009 (Monolith Films)
Runtime: 82 ‘
Director: Katarzyna Roslaniec
Cast: Anna Karczmarczyk, Dominika Gwit, Magdalena Ciurzynska
Production House: Monolith Films
Plot: A film about a certain lifestyle that has developed amongst teenage girls. The girls in the film hang out at shopping malls to meet men who will buy them any items they want in exchange for sex.


The sceptical part of me thinks that…
This was shown at the ENH festival and Ziggy assured me that the word of mouth it got was bad.

The excited part of me thinks that…
I never heard anything bad about the film from anyone other than Ziggy and he didn’t even see it ;) Besides, me and Ziggy are not all that compatible when it comes to film taste - even when we do like the same films, it is rarely for the same reasons ;)
Since the ENH festival there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the film, which would contradict this supposed “bad word of mouth”. For one thing, it won best d├ębut in the Polish film section at the ENH festival (and it was an international jury judging). For another, the news as of a few days ago is that this film has made it into the Toronto film festival, which usually has a repertoire that greatly appeals to me. And anyway, I actually like the trailer which is a very rare thing for me when it comes to Polish films…
As I very rarely feel the urge to go see a Polish film, when I do I kind of feel it is my duty to succumb ;) So of all the films on my September list this is probably the one I want to see the most, though as I said, I’m not desperate…

Surrogates (USA, 2009)

Release Date (Poland): 25th September 2009
Release Date (worldwide): 24th September 2009
Runtime: 104′
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Cast: Bruce Willis, James Cromwell
Production House: Touchstone Pictures, Mandeville Films, Road Rebel, Wintergreen Productions
Plot: (from imdb)

Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates.


The sceptical part of me thinks that…
Action films usually aren’t my thing…

The excited part of me thinks that…
There’s something about the plot of this one that really appeals to me. And Bruce Willis is a bonus ;) Not exactly one of my favourite actors, but I sorta have a soft spot for him.

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