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Free Screening: PLANETA KIRSAN on Friday, 7:30 pm at indieScreen

NYWIFT will co-present a special screening of the documentary Planeta Kirsan by Polish director Magdalena Pieta on Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 pm, at indieScreen (289 Kent Ave. at 2nd St., Williamsburg).

The film is part of a monthly series of films by the New Generation of Polish Filmmakers, led by NYWIFT member Agata Drogowska in partnership with Eureka Media and Munk Studio, which focuses on Polish directorial debut films. Last month, NYWIFT co-sponsored New Generation’s inaugural film series, which featured the award-winning film Women’s Day, directed by Maria Sadowska.

Planeta Kirsan is a 50-minute documentary about a city’s obsession with the game of chess in the Republic of Kalmykia, one of the smallest and poorest republics in the Russian Federation. Chess City was built by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the first and only President of Kalmykia. There, a boy named Alekhan and his brother Amir dream of becoming World Chess Champions. The film documents their road to make their dreams come true at a major chess competition.

Register here

Following Planeta Kirsan, two other films will be screened and NYWIFT members are invited to see those as well:

Three for the Taking (9 pm) is award-winning 30-minute film about a 16-year-old girl who is forced to take care of her two siblings after her mother is diagnosed with a deadly disease. It was directed by Bartosz Konopka, whose film Rabbit a la Berlin received an Academy Award nomination. Register here

Simple Desires (9:30 pm) is an emotionally charged tale of an artistic woman and her family, which is fracturing under the strain of life’s disappointments. The 85-minute film was directed by Marek Stacharski. Register here

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts