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The Network - 27/05/2009


Kino Wisla, new member of the Europa Cinemas Network


Kino Wisla is a new member of the Europa Cinema Network. It has become Poland 15th cinema to be accepted into the pan-European network of exhibitors. Interview with Barbara Kwiatkowska-Przybyla, director of distribution at MAX Film, and Wanda Stolarek, cinema manager.


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"We were really keen to become a member of the Europa Cinema Network because it is a sign of quality," says Barbara Kwiatkowska-Przybyla, director of distribution at MAX Film. "The first step was for all of Max Film's cinemas to be in the Polish arthouse cinema network" she explains, "and then for us to apply to the bigger group of Europa Cinemas. We had already been doing a lot in line with the spirit of Europa Cinemas beforehand with our educational programme and screening lots of European films."
The three screen-cinema - with seating for 500, 120 and 118 – has existed on Plac Wilsona in the Zoliborz district of Warsaw for more than 40 years and was given an extra boost with the arrival of the Metro underground line. Unusually for a private business, there is even an official sign at one of the exits pointing to the way to the cinema whose name Wisla refers to the River Vistula flowing through the capital.
As cinema manager Wanda Stolarek explains, the programming for one week in October is characteristic for the variety and ambition: there were screenings of Il Divo, Broken Embraces, Inglourious Basterds, The Reader, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, the Polish children's animation film Gwiazda Kopernika, the local family adventure film The Magic Tree, Andrzej Kotkowski's historical drama Miasto Z Morza, the evergreen Casablanca and a Sunday matinee programme for children.
She adds that the most popular film of recent weeks has been the multi-award winning Polish film Revers, which picked up 11 awards at the national Polish festival in Gdynia and is the Polish entry for the Oscars. Kino Wisla was the only cinema in Poland allowed to have a pre-screening of the film ahead of its November release and had packed performances.
At the same time, festivals and special events at the Wisla have included weeks of African and Latin American cinema, a festival of Czech comedies in September, and a review of the Oscar winning films in the spring.
The cinema converted one of its screens to digital projection this summer and had a Polish dubbed version of Up playing from October 16, but there are no plans to have the other two screens equipped with digital projectors.
"Most European films we show in this cinema are on 35mm, so the projector would just stand there and not be used" Kwiatkowska-Przybyla notes. "European films, and especially Polish, are not digitised at the moment. We don't have many prints of European films in Poland and then they are only in the traditional [35mm] format."
Martin Blaney

Kino Wisla
Pl. Wilsona 2
01-615 Warszawa

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