Kraków has long been an important location on the film map of Poland. The historic character of the centre, preserved in a nearly untouched state, makes it a natural background for historical films. Yet there is more than that! History spanning over 1000 years, the multitude of styles and plethora of influences on its architecture – from Romanesque to socialist realism – make filmmakers choose our city as a venue for quite a variety of genres. In recent years alone Kraków has been the set for a thriller (True Crimes with Jim Carrey in the leading role), drama (Denial with Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson), a Bollywood production (The Rhythm), and a costume series (Belle époque produced by TVN). There is, however, more to Kraków than just film locations and sets. The city has hosted 120 years of moving pictures in Poland and been home to the famous Polish directors Andrzej Wajda and Roman Polański.
Join us in a journey through film Kraków. We begin our visit from the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, the former Municipal Theatre, where Poland’s first projection of the Lumière brothers’ work was screened. Then we will proceed to the Princes Czartoryski Museum, at the mouth of św. Jana Street, where Juliusz Machulski shot scenes for his crime comedy Vinci. We will proceed to the oldest cinema building in Kraków, cross the Main Market Square that has had a role in countless films, and see the building of the theatre where Roman Polański made his first steps as an actor 50 years ago, take a walk in front of the Collegium Novum in the Planty Garden Ring, selected by filmmakers from India for the scenery of a Bollywood production permeated with song and dance. Finally, we will find places connected to Andrzej Wajda, to whom Kraków owes so much.
And… Action! Let our film journey begin.