Transitions: Recent Polish Cinema

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Most of us would see the “Revolution of 1989” as the great moment of change for contemporary Poland, yet in fact since that heralded moment Poland has never stopped changing. The nation had to adapt to a “European” identity; learn to deal with new, emerging centers of power, such as China, India, and once again Russia; and deal with a dizzying array of social movements from ecology to gay rights. Moreover, there was the question of the country’s past: how to understand it and explain it to new generations of Poles. Throughout this period, the Polish cinema—always an able chronicler of Polish life—has tried to keep up with this “New Poland.”

From September 9 to 15, the Film Society in collaboration with the Polish Film Institute in Warsaw and Polish Cultural Institute in New York will present “Transitions: Recent Polish Cinema,” a series of recent films that collectively offer a provocative look at Poland today. As a complement to this series we have scheduled two classic films starring the great Zbigniew Cybulski, shown in beautifully restored copies.

Past Films

All That I Love

All That I Love

Jacek Borcuch | 2009 | 95M mins

Amidst the Solidarity strikes and crackdowns of 1981, punk rock and hormones distract the son of a naval officer in Borcuch’s coming-of-age crowd-pleaser. A Sundance 2010 selection!

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Black Thursday

Black Thursday

Antoni Krauze | 2011 | 100M mins

The brutally suppressed Gdynia shipyard strikes of 1970 get a stirring reconstruction, spiraling out from the senseless shooting of a man on his way to work.

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Erratum

Erratum

Marek Lechki | 2010 | 89M mins

Thirtysomething dad Michal is called back to his hometown and drawn into stories and lives from his past, in Lechki’s sensitively observed, lyrical debut.

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Goodbye Until Tomorrow

Goodbye Until Tomorrow

Janusz Morgenstern | 1960 | 80M mins

A digitally restored classic starring the great Zbigniew Cybulski!

“Polish James Dean” Zbigniew Cybulski shines as a charming actor in a traveling troupe who catches the eye of a fetching Frenchwoman. Scored by Krzysztof Komeda.

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Mall Girls

Mall Girls

Katarzyna Roslaniec | 2009 | 70M mins

Director Katarzyna Roslaniec in person for the 7:10pm screening on Saturday, September 10!

Rostaniec’s darkly devastating film, which spurred nationwide debates, follows teens who get the latest fashions by offering themselves to men known as “sponsors.”

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Mother Teresa of Cats

Mother Teresa of Cats

Pawel Sala | 2009 | 90M mins

Dysfunction turns to disaster when two brothers, aged 22 and 12, murder their cat-loving mother, in this sobering drama told through serial flashbacks and based on a true story.

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Night Train

Night Train

Jerzy Kawalerowicz | 1959 | 99M mins

A digitally restored classic starring the great Zbigniew Cybulski!

In this masterfully shot classic of postwar Polish cinema, a fateful train hosts a diverse mosaic of personalities—including a murderer. With Cybulski as a spurned lover.

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Out of Love

Out of Love

Anna Jadowska | 2011 | 100M mins

Hard up for cash, a young married couple decide to act in a porn movie—just once—but the experience opens up emotional and moral issues.

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Suicide Room

Suicide Room

Jan Komasa | 2010 | 100M mins

Director Jan Komasa in person for the 6:45pm screening on Friday,  September 9!

After a high-school dare leads to humiliation, a rich teen spirals into an abyss of virtual online worlds, in Komasa’s coolly visualized tale of youth and oblivion.

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Venice

Venice

Jan Jakub Kolski | 2010 | 110M mins

Re-creating the wonders of Venice in their basement, a boy and his family find a magic-realist escape from World War II in this visually striking film.

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