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Polish Film Today: Camera Meets Reality

Nov 10, 2017 -

Presented by the Polish Cultural Council in cooperation with the Polish Film Festival in America, Chicago and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Co-sponsored by Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York.

Stars (Gwiazdy) with director Jan Kidawa Blonsk in person
Friday, Nov 10 at 7:30pm screening, talk & reception ($15)
Second screening Nov 13 at 7:00pm ($10)

This thrilling love story based on the life of Jan Banas, a famous midfielder during communist times. He and his best friend discover there are no rules in the game of love when they both fall for the same girl. Fierce rivalry and unexpected injury, bring Banas to a difficult decision that will color the rest of his life. (Jan Kidawa Blonski; 2017, 106 min)

Lullaby Killer (Ach spij kochanie) with director Krzysztof Lang in person
Saturday, Nov 11 at 7:00pm, screening, talk & reception ($15)
Second screening Nov 16 at 7:00pm. ($10)

A suspenseful crime drama inspired by the most notorious serial killer in 1950s communist Poland. Reminiscent of “Silence of the Lambs,” it is based on the true story of Wladyslaw Mazurkiewicz, who terrorized Cracow. (Krzysztof Lang; 2017, 100 min)

The Strategist (Strateg)
Sunday, Nov 12 at 5:30pm. ($10)

A warm portrait of Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the most influential political scientists and strategists of the US foreign policy, whose services to Poland on her way to freedom cannot be underestimated.  (Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska; 2013, 89 min)

The Art of Loving: The Story of Michalina Wislocka (Sztuka kochania)
Tuesday, Nov 14 at 7:00pm ($10)

Spanning three decades, this provocative film tells the story of Michalina Wisłocka, the famous pioneer of sex studies and education in Poland. Her book “A Practical Guide to Marital Bliss” originally “Sztuka kochania,” was published in 1978 and sparked major controversy in communist Poland.(Maria Sadowska; 2017, 121 min)

Wednesday, Nov 15 at 7:00pm ($10)

An icon of the 1930s, Eugeniusz Bodo was a superstar of Polish cinema and cabaret, a director, producer, and businessman. This stylish film highlights the life of this complex man, including how he became a symbol for other Polish artists suffering in Soviet gulags. (Michal Kwiecinski; 2017, 106 min)

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