The 30th Anniversary Polish Film Festival in America, the world’s most extensive annual showcase of Polish film outside of Poland will open in a month with very much awaited THE BUTLER, a new epic film by the internationally-acclaimed film director Filip Bajon (The Magnate, Aria for an Athlete, Daimler-Benz Limousine, Poznan 56).

The Opening Gala will take place in AMC Rosemont 18 (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave.), one of the most elegant cinema multiplexes in the country, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 8:00 PM on the nose. The screening will be preceded by VIP Gala Reception at the Society for Arts (1112 N. Milwaukee Ave.) from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. It will be attended by many celebrities of Polish and American cinema. Live music by Rio Bamba.

Director Filip Bajon, producer Olga Bieniek and leading actor Sebastian Fabijanski are expected to introduce the film.


After his mother dies Mateusz Krol, a Kashubian boy, is taken in by a Prussian aristocrat Gerda von Krauss. He is growing up in her palace. The daughter of the von Krausses, Marita, is the same age as he is. Love buds between the two. The boy’s godfather is Bazyli Miotke, a Kashubian patriot who fights in Versailles for Kashubia to have its place on the map of Poland, and goes on to build the symbol of its economic success, the City of Gdynia. The Treaty of Versailles grants Poland its independence but also makes the von Krauss family lose their property and influence. All the protagonists can feel that the world as they know it is about to change drastically. Hostility and hatred increase among the Kashubs, Poles and Germans. II WW breaks out. In the Piaśnica Forest the Nazis murder civilians, which becomes the first genocide of this war.

Except for Sebastian Fabijanski, the film is starring Janusz Gajos, Anna Radwan, Marianna Zydek, Borys Szyc, Adam Woronowicz, Daniel Olbrychski. Extraordinary cinematography is a work by Lukasz Gutt and exceptional music was composed by Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz. The movie premiered recently at the Gdynia Film Festival where it was widely awarded, including the Silver Lions for the best feature.

The Opening program will also include a screening of short and funny documentary by Chicago-based director Kuba Luczkiewicz MEMOIR FOUND IN CINEMA; shot over two continents, 15-minute work is dedicated to the 30 years of Polish Film Festival in America and shows the most famous Polish actors, directors, cinematographers, the Oscar winners…

Invitations and tickets can be purchased HERE or by calling 773-486-9612. For additional information you can check the official website: 

The 30th Polish Film Festival in America is possible thanks to a generous support from the Senate of the Republic of Poland, Polish Film Institute, LOT Polish Airlines, Star-Tech Glass, Inc. & Society for Arts, and numerous other prestigious individual and corporate donors.

The main media sponsor is 103.1 FM.


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