On Friday 10th April, 2015, the Harvard Film Archive commenced The Waking Dreams of Wojciech Jerzy Has – a retrospective of the director’s works. The event is organised by Culture.pl thanks to the Campusy programme of co-operation with Harvard University.
During the six-week-long retrospective, American students and academia will have the chance to view 14 of Wojciech Jerzy Has' films. Professor Annette Insdorf from Columbia University, an expert and a great ambassador of Polish cinema, and author of Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski, inaugurated the event on Friday. Professor Insdorf and Culture.pl are preparing another publication about another remarkable persona of Polish cinema – Wojciech Jerzy Has.
Most of Has’ feature films will be screened during the retrospective – including his debut Harmonia / Harmony and his last, the 1988 Niezwykła podróż Baltazara Kobera / The Fabulous Journey of Balthazar Kober. The screening of the latter film will conclude the event on 30th May, 2015.
Jerzy Wojciech Has, a precursor of surrealism in Polish cinema, was a character who has continued to inspire new generations, both in Poland and abroad. Thanks to The Waking Dreams of Wojciech Jerzy Has, Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s Campusy programme will be able to reach the audience of one of the world’s best universities and awaken their interest in Polish culture.
Film screenings will be accompanied by lectures about the unique working methods of Has as a director.
Source: press materials, transl. Agata Dudek, 13/04/15.