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Dublin’s Kinopolis Polish Film Festival, which first launched back in 2006, has spent years promoting and celebrating Polish cinema in Ireland. The festival aims to spotlight the lives and culture of one of the largest minorities living on the island – through their films. The festival will be returning to the Irish Film Institute from December 7th – 10th, and the full programme for the festival has been announced now.

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Director: Tomasz Wasilewsi Starring: Julie Kijowska, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Magdalena Cielecka, Dorota Kolak Running Time: 104 minutes

The theme of the 2016 Kinopolis Polish Film Festival is love and the many faces that love can have. The opening film of this year’s festival, Tomasz Wasilewski’s United States of Love sees love manifested in less heart-warming forms. It is unrequited, obsessive, absent. There is ice-cold irony at play in the film’s title, as it concerns four women living in Poland, with the Berlin Wall freshly fallen, struggling desperately to find something to make them feel whole. They do not find it. In the cold, harsh world Wasilewski presents, love is a many-saddened thing.

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