New Polish Cinema: Communism Reconsidered presents a selection of new films from Poland dealing with the often troublesome legacy of Communism. This program features some of the most eminent examples of new Polish cinema, like Jerzy Skolimowski's "Four Nights with Anna" or Wojciech Smarzowski's "Dark House". The screenings go along with lectures and discussions...
Stiil frame from "Dark House" by Wojciech Smarzowski
New Polish Cinema: Communism Reconsidered presents a selection of new films from Poland dealing with the often troublesome legacy of Communism. The screenings go along with lectures and discussions
Polish post-WW II cinema has always been implicated in history, either by reaching towards the past in order to assist its viewers in dealing with the trauma of the war, or by providing a veiled commentary on Poland's current socio-political situation. The role of cinema changed after the collapse of communism, when film viewers lost interest in the dialogue in which filmmakers had engaged them and as funding for native film production dwindled. It was not until recently that Polish filmmakers returned to the earlier tradition, directing their attention towards the retelling of the experience of Poland's recent past. This program features some of the most eminent examples of new Polish cinema. The films presented as part of the conference offer a fascinating variety of approaches as they try to capture the essence of the experience of communist rule in Poland.Four Nights with Anna
("Cztery noce z Anną"), directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
, 2008. In this film made after Skolimowski's long absence in Poland, a boiler-room hospital worker develops a fascination with a nurse, once a victim of a brutal rape.
The Dark House ("Dom Zły"), directed by **os:Wojciech Smarzowski*os_smarzowski_wojciech**, written by Łukasz Kosmicki and Wojciech Smarzowski, 2009. Well known for representing Polish reality in very dark hues in his Wedding, Wojciech Smarzowski takes us back to the times of martial law Poland in The Dark House. The film's action is set in a remote mountainous area, where the investigation of a gruesome crime serves to demonstrate the moral degeneration pervasive in all levels of Polish society.Beats of Freedom
("Beats of freedom. Zew wolności"), directed by Leszek Gnoinski and Wojciech Slota, 2010. This film documents the development of a vibrant music scene in Poland in the 1980s. All That I Love
("Wszystko co kocham"), written and directed by Jacek Borcuch
, 2009. Set in the post-martial law 1980s, All That I Love tells a story of adolescent love and youthful rebellion expressed through music. The young protagonists' fascination with rock and roll functions as more than mere background, allowing the filmmaker to incorporate the rich traditions of the Polish rock scene of the 1980s. The film is Poland's candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture. Reverse
("Rewers"), directed by Borys Lankosz
, and written by Andrzej Bart, 2009. This film, which has enjoyed both critical acclaim and great popularity with Polish viewers, focuses on three generations of women within one family. The authors counter the tradition of emphasizing stories of individual suffering in Polish culture, and introduce black humor to the retelling of the story of the Stalinist 1950s.
Thursday, October 28 - Linsly Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, room 102
- 6:00 Opening remarks and welcome address
Speaker: Krystyna Illakowicz, Yale University
- 6:15 Talk: "Jerzy Skolimowski: A Transnational Director"
Speaker: Ewa Mazierska, U. of Central Lancashire
- 7:15 Screening: Four Nights with Anna ("Cztery noce z Anną") (87 min). Dir. Jerzy Skolimowski, 2008.
Friday, October 29 - Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, Auditorium
- 10:30 Screening (WHC room 208): The Dark House ("Dom Zły") (105 min). Dir. **os:Wojciech Smarzowski*os_smarzowski_wojciech**. 2009.
Introduction: Jeremi Szaniawski, Yale University
- 1:00 Screening: Beats of Freedom ("Beats of Freedom. Zew wolności") (73 min). Dir. Leszek Gnoiński and Wojciech Słota. Documentary. 2010.
- All That I Love ("Wszystko co kocham") (95 min). Dir. Jacek Borcuch. 2009.
Introduction: Izabela Kalinowska, Stony Brook University
- 4:00 Panel discussion: "Film and History: Communism Revisited" Participants: Piotr Wandycz, Yale University; Izabela Kalinowska; Ewa Mazierska; Katie Trumpener, Yale University
- 7:00 Screening: The Reverse ("Rewers") (101 min). Dir. Borys Lankosz. 2009.
Introduction: Katie Trumpener
- 9:00 Closing remarks
All films screened with English subtitles.
The conference is presented by Adam Mickiewicz Institute in WarsawThe Council on European Studies, with a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the USDE Whitney Humanities Center, Yale Film Studies CenterThe Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Source: press release