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DirectorAgnieszka Elbanowska
ProducerEwa Jastrzebska – Studio Munka, Bartek Glinski – Impakt films
CameraPawel Chorzepa
EditorAgnieszka Elbanowska
SoundDariusz Wancerz
CastAndrzej Ciesla, Arkadiusz Gralak, Grzegorz Molewski, Wanda Wasicka
ScreeningFriday 9 November | 17:15 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sunday 11 November | 12:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sunday 11 November | 17:00 hours | Theatar Dakota
Original TitlePOLONEZ
Length16 min

Hilarious, quite satirical, yet very serious observational, straightforward, smartly directed documentary that deals with new trends in Polish society, politics and everyday life affecting very much young generation. Dutch Premiere


On Poland’s National Independence Day, the jury consisting of the director, the mayor, a priest and a poetess chooses the winner of a competition for the region’s number one patriot. The director of the Cultural Centre in a provincial town announces a competition. Participants have to creatively present what patriotism means for them. The only requirement is that everyone must come up with their own ideas on the subject. Singing, recitation, gesture, speech, staging – all forms are allowed. As Independence Day on November 11 approaches, the tension is raising. The jury will soon choose the best patriot in the region. Famous Polish producer Studio Munka and the director who is a graduate of well-respected Wajda documentary school, made a film that echoed so well around the world and was chosen for dozens of film festivals.

Director’s bio

The director, editor, reporter and photojournalist Agnieszka Elbanowska is a graduate of the University of Warsaw, Roma Tre University and the Wajda School and is currently working on her Ph.D. at the Lodz Film School. A member of the Polish Filmmakers Association. Her most recent film, “The Love Equation of Henry Fast”, has been screened at festivals in Poland and abroad and won numerous awards.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Warsaw FF, 2016 | Wiz-Art, Lviv International Short FF, Ukraine 2017 – Special Mention | It’s All True, International Documentary FF, Brazil 2017 – Honorable Mention | Palm Springs International ShortFest, 2017 | Sarajevo FF, 2017 | Ljubljana Short FF, 2017 | Quebec City FF, 2017 | Rooftop Films, USA 2018