To suggest the final installment of the KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival was an enjoyable one would, in many ways, serve as an injustice. Whilst the magnificent Grand Union Chapel in Highbury & Islington - which played host to the evening of live music and film - offered some comfort in its surroundings, any feelings of familiarity stopped there. For this night was to be an evening of jarring proportions.

The event (a joint production by the Barbican and Polish Cultural Institute) kicked off with a live performance from Polish duo Skalpel. Armed to the teeth with Polish jazz samples, their set took on the familiar 'ambient-producer' meandering narrative - starting with lots of random noise, before gaining some traction with some tangible tracks, and then falling into randomness once more. It was an uncomfortable experience nonetheless as I found myself wondering where the line is drawn between 'ambient' and 'nonsense'.

Next up was the The Brothers Quay's 2000 masterpiece In Absentia; a chilling representation of psychosis that was scored by 20th Century avant-garde honcho Karlheinz Stockhausen. Having never seen the piece before, I didn't know what to expect. 20 minutes later, the movie came to an end and this uncertainty had somehow grown. A masterclass in the synergistic power that can come from the combination of film and music, In Absentia creeps along and leaves the viewer soiled with unease - both from the content and its stunning visual prowess.

After shaking clean the remnants of an altogether haunting experience, the main event of the night saw The Brothers Quay return once more but this time with their new short Kwartet Smyczkovy, which was accompanied by the wonderfully articulate Arditti Quartet. Again, similar to In Absentia, the experience was not a particularly enjoyable one - but one that was relished nonetheless. Inspired by Peter Handke's one-act play without words, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, the film is a critique of modern life and all it entails. Musical accompaniment saw the Arditti Quarter take on Polish composer Lutosławski's only ever string quartet with skill and finesse - again adding a synergistic musical element to the film on the whole.

As I said, to claim this evening was one I took enjoyment from would not be true. In as much as these films are created to make the viewer feel uneasy - the event, on the whole, achieved much the same.

Head over here to watch In Abstensia, if you dare...