Summary of the Festival of Polish Historical Movies

Apart from the pandemic, this year was unusual from the point of view of the Polish history – we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw. The fight against Bolsheviks, the way to reach the country’s freedom and the figures of the political leaders of that time became the main topic of the first Festival of Polish Historical Movies. The event was supposed to be held in Budapest, but for known reasons only one screening was organised at place.

The first work entitled Legiony (Legions) was presented in the Urania cinema on November 9th not by accident. It was connected with the day November 11th, when Poland for many years celebrates its Independence Day. In the legendary cinema in Budapest the movie watched over than one hundred people.

By joining all forces we held the remaining parts of Festival online, trying to provide the most pleasant conditions for the viewers. Between December 10-18th our Hungarian guests and partners could watch the next unique and interesting movies. The work Independence (Niepodległość) from 2018 attracted the most participants – around 160. Another movie by the same director, Krzysztof Talczewski, entitled The War of the Worlds (Wojna światów) watched online a little less people – over 130, while for the last screening, documentary The Whole Truth About Wacław Felczak (Cała prawda o Wacławie Felczaku) registered 170 guests.

All of the movies were shown in Polish language with Hungarian subtitles.

We would like to thank all of the viewers for participation on the Festival!
We hope you enjoyed the movies and had a great occasion to better understand the history of Poland in the 20th century. We believe that further cooperation between Poland and Hungary cannot take place without knowing each other and each other’s past.

Moreover, we would like to express our thanks to the partners, which contributed to organization of the Festival: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Polish Institute in Budapest, Polish Research Institute and Museum in Budapest, Wacław Felczak Foundation and Polish Consulate in Szeged.