Kinoteka: Bestia
  • Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Member Price: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
  • Entry price includes screening, concert, party & complementary drink.

For the first time Ognisko Polskie has partnered up with Kinoteka Polish Film Festival to hold two very special screenings celebrating the best in Polish cinema. Our first screening is the classic 1917 Polish silent film, ‘Bestia,' starring Pola Negri, the Polish actress who achieved worldwide fame both in Europe and Hollywood.

We will be transforming our first floor ballroom into a 1920s lounge with the screening being followed by a period-themed dance and drinks party. ‘Bestia’ will be accompanied by a live piano recital featuring pianist Artur Haftman and introduced by journalist Pamela Hutchinson, who writes for Sight & Sound, the Guardian and blogs about silent cinema at

Dress Code: 1920s-themed dress encouraged!


Director: Aleksander Hertz

Writer: Aleksander Hertz

Cast: Pola Negri, Witold Kuncewicz, Jan Pawlowski

Poland/USA, 1917, 47 min

Bestia, also known as The Polish Dancer, stands apart in this segment as it was released one year before the regaining of independence. This was a huge accomplishment considering it was hard to get anything made at the time. The silent film stars Pola Negri in one of her first roles as a young cabaret dancer who falls in love with a married man. He abandons his wife for her, but when Pola realises he already has a family she wants nothing to do with him. He tries to get his wife back, but it’s too late.

BESTIA 3 470

Kinoteka's website can be found here: VIEW, London's largest on-line Polish community, is proud to act as media patron for Ognisko Polskie's Kinoteka screenings.

Image Gallery

BESTIA 1917 001
BESTIA 1917 002
BESTIA 1917 003

Upcoming Events