Ryszard Bugajski


Ryszard Bugajski
Film and television director, script writer, prose writer, translator. He graduated in philosophy from Warsaw University and in directing from Lódź Film School. He started his career in the 1970's as assistant to the maker of animated films Daniel Szczechura and the renowned feature film director Krzysztof Zanussi. His film Interrogation (1982), after being surpressed by the Polish communist authorities for several years, was entered into the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. Its official Polish premiere did not take place until December 1989, after the political transformation in Poland. Persecuted by the authorities, he decided to emigrate to Canada in 1985, where he his full-length feature Clearcut. He returned to Poland in 1995. His most important feature films are: A Woman and a Woman (1971), Classes (1980), Interrogation (1982), Clearcut (1991), Players (1995), General Nil (2009), The Closed Circuit (2013).

In person at the Grand Opening and after the screening of The Closed Circuit.



Maria Mamona


Maria Mamona
One of the most popoular Polish theatre and film actresses. After graduation from the Academy of Theatre in Warsaw she joined the Contemporary Theater (Teatr Współczesny) in Warsaw, where she played in productions by Maciej Englert, Agnieszka Glińska , Wojciech Urbański, Wojciech Adamczyk, Jerzy Kreczmar, and others. She played in films directed by, among others, Andrzej Wajda, Sylwester Chęciński, Janusz Majewski, Jacek Bromski, Bartosz Konopka, and Ryszard Bugajski.

In person at the Grand Opening and after the screening of The Closed Circuit.



Kordian Piwowarski


Kordian Piwowarski
Screenwriter, director, editor, composer, visual artist. He graduated from the Directing department of the Polish National Film School in Łódź. And studied philosophy at the Universidad Salamanca in Spain. He was the assistant director to Andrzej Wajda on the Oscar-nominated film Katyń and directed a number of shorts adverts, promotional documentaries, and theatre visualizations. In 2012, he was the only Polish director to be selected by the European Film Academy for the Sunday in the Country extended programme in India, dedicated to young talented filmmakers from Europe and India. Recently, he started collaborating with Polish National Theatre on an adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet for the Polish National Ballet which will premiere in October 2013.

In person at the Grand Opening and after the screening of Baczyński.


Anna Piwowarska


Anna Piwowarska
Writer, translator, television presenter. She studied English literature at the University of Cambridge and did a directing traineeship at the Polish National Film School in Łódź. She wrote and presented several television series for the BBC and Five, and regular cultural radio programmes for the English section of Polish Radio. She also wrote two Polish radio plays which were premiered on Polish Radio. Her screenplay Postcard from London received the Polish Film Institute Award as part of the 2006 edition of the International Hartley-Merrill Award. She has translated screenplays, plays and poetry. She has translated dialogues and Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński’s poetry for the film Baczyński.

In person at the Grand Opening and after the screening of Baczyński.