This engaging and well-written study discusses contemporary Polish cinema, with a focus on its explorations of new thematic territories and strategies of representation. The “new era” of the subtitle covers the last twenty years—basically, twenty-first-century Polish film—although the authors tend to focus on the last decade and occasionally discuss earlier films. This period, according to Goscilo and Holmgren, is marked by both impressive arthouse productions and skillfully made genre films, revealing “greater thematic and stylistic diversity than ever before” (p. 2). Twenty-first-century Polish cinema, they point out, is flourishing, and its artistic and entertainment values, recognized at home, are increasingly recognized abroad as well. The book seeks to expand the currency of this cinema by presenting and closely analyzing its key films.

The book is organized thematically, into eight chapters, each of which is preceded by a general introduction that outlines relevant sociopolitical contexts and situates its theme in a...

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