Polish Pleasures This Week

Polish TV and cinema come to the streaming fore with the premiere of Netflix’s Sexify series this Wednesday, April 28, and the start of a week-long Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema festival on Friday, April 30.


In this coming-of-age comedy-drama, Aleksandra Skraba plays Natalia, a sexually inexperienced college student who’s a tech whiz. Natalia sets out to build an app “to help women discover themselves.” “I’ll work on the theory, and you on the practice,” she tells friends Monika and Paulina (Sandra Drzymalska, Maria Sobocinska).

Netflix hasn’t revealed an episode count for Sexify, but you can visit Netflix.com/Sexify starting Wednesday to find out and binge.

Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema

Presented by Brooklyn’s BAM in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York, this festival offers seven feature films, all streaming through May 6, at $10 each:

Never Gonna Snow Again (2020), a thriller about a mysterious stranger who casts a spell over a rich community.

The Taste of Pho (2019), a drama about a Vietnamese father and daughter dealing with the immigrant experience in Warsaw.

Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema, BAM, The Taste of Pho
(‘The Taste of Pho.’ Source: BAM.org)

Supernova (2019); a revenge thriller about a rural town in crisis after a hit-and-run.

Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema, BAM, Supernova
(‘Supernova.’ Source: BAM.org)

I Never Cry (2020), a coming-of-age comedy-drama about a young Polish woman who travels to Ireland to claim her estranged father’s body.

Kill It and Leave This Town (2020), an animated horror film that won Grand Prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema, BAM, Kill It and Leave This Town
(‘Kill It and Leave This Town.’ Source: BAM.org)

Eastern (2019), a thriller set in a dystopian Poland where a young woman must choose between carrying out revenge in the name of honor or fighting for her own life and freedom.

Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema, BAM, Eastern
(‘Eastern.’ Source: BAM.org)

Mr. Jones (2019), starring James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, and Peter Sarsgaard in a multi-language political thriller based on real events in the 1930s. It’s about a Welsh journalist determined to uncover the truth behind Stalin’s Soviet propaganda machine.

Mr. Jones is also available to Hulu subscribers, free on the Kanopy library service, or for $3.99 from several providers.

For more info about the New Polish Cinema festival or to stream the films, visit bam.org/film/2021/kino-polska from April 30 to May 6.

(Top photo: Aleksandra Skraba in ‘Sexify.’ Source: Netflix’s YouTube trailer)

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