Long, warm summer evenings, deck chairs and blankets, and the best of international cinema playing in parks around the city, completely for free – this summer Warsaw is turning yet again into the unofficial film capital. Here’s our guide to the best places to enjoy free screenings this summer.
Summer Film Capital
With almost 200 titles playing in 23 locations, Summer Film Capital is the largest outdoor movie project in the city. All the films have both Polish and English subtitles, making them foreigner-friendly. However, remember that there are usually more audience members than there are free desk chairs, so either bring a blanket or aim to arrive earlier.
To get a full program, check out the Facebook page, but here’s a little sneak-pick into the most intriguing series. Every Tuesday to commemorate 25th anniversary of partnership between Tel Aviv and Warsaw, the Israeli Embassy organizes a screening of contemporary Israeli cinema. Those more interested in the classics should head to Amfiteatr Bemowo to enjoy films from Woody Allen and Luc Besson.
Wednesdays in Wilanów are dedicated to Oscar winners, while Thursdays in Agrykola to French sport cinema. On Friday, it is worth checking out old Polish classics in Ursynów or the space action films in Copernicus Centre. Finally, on Saturday get teleported to the Iberian Peninsula from Kępa Potocka or fight all Four Elements in Wilanów.
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This year, the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art invites film enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the world of sports. From boxing, basketball, ski jumping, and football to wrestling and lucha libre, visitors will be able to witness the stories behind the biggest athletes, both fictional and real. The screenings take place every Saturday after dusk.
Sponsored by the Perła Brewery and located in a patio of an old tenement house, Kino Perła organizes screenings every Monday and Tuesday. With a pint of beer in hand, audience members will be able to see over 100 titles, including American blockbusters, new releases from Poland and abroad, as well as award-winning documentaries.
Every Monday and Tuesday in the Łazienki Park amphitheater, movie-goers will be a able to see intriguing films from Europe and the US. The first film, playing on July 3, is Pina by Wim Wenders, a tribute to German dancer and choreographer, Pina Bausch, who passed away eight years ago. Some of the other films include: Goya’s Ghosts by Miloš Forman (24 July), Art School Confidential by Terry Zwigoff (31 July), The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq by Guillaume Nicloux (14 August), Shirley: Visions of Reality by Gustav Deutsch (21 August).
Every Thursday at 9pm, European Square organizes screenings of iconic works of European cinematography. The program features films from France, Hungary, Russia, Greece or Norway, including Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev and Control by Nimród Antal. For more information and the most current updates, check out their Facebook page.