ON OUR SCREENS
November 29 - December 5, 2013
METRO | METRO
dir. Anton Megerdiczew, Rusia 2013, 132’ (in Russian with Polish subtitles)
Terror strikes the underground train system in Moscow in the form of a flood from a collapsed tunnel.
OLDBOY | OLDBOY
dir. Spike Lee, US 2013, 104’ (in English with Polish subtitles)
An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.
THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY | THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY
dir. Sophie Fiennes, UK/Ireland 2012, 134’ (in English with Polish subtitles)
The sequel to The Pervert's Guide to Cinema sees the reunion of brilliant philosopher Slavoj Zizek with filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, now using their inventive interpretation of moving pictures to examine ideology - the collective fantasies that shape our beliefs and practices.
Monday, December 9, 4.45 p.m.
A TOUCH OF SIN | A TOUCH OF SIN
dir. Jia Zhang-Ke, China/Japan 2013, 133’
(in Mandarin, Cantonese and English with Polish subtitles)
Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.
14. SILENT FILM FESTIVAL - THE DREAM FACTORY
December 5 - 8, 2013
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BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
dir. Steven Soderbergh, USA 2013, 118' (in English with Polish subtitles)
Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world-renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. Behind the Candelabra takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship - from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-up.
dir. Mikael Marcimain, Sweden/Norway/Finland/Ireland, 140' (in Swedish, English, and Polish with Polish subtitles)
Stockholm, the late 1970s. The model utopian society. Political neutrality and atomic power march hand in hand with women’s liberation and the sexual revolution. But under the polished surface, other desires are eager to be fulfilled. Within a stone’s throw of government buildings and juvenile homes lies the seductive, glittery and dirty world of sex clubs, strip shows, discotheques and apartments used for illicit and profitable rendez-vous. Call Girl tells the story of how young Iris is recruited from the bottom rung of society, into a ruthless world where power can get you anything.
dir. Nicole Holofcener, USA 2013, 93' (in English with Polish subtitles)
A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's Ex. Enough Said is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again.
FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS | PŁYNĄCE WIEŻOWCE
dir. Tomasz Wasilewski, Poland 2013, 90’ (in Polish with English subtitles)
Tribeca Film Festival: World Premiere
9th Zurich International Film Festival: Feature Film Competition
Karlovy Vary IFF: East of the West Competition - Main Award
10th Jameson CineFest International Film Festival
38th Gdynia Film Festival: Award for Young Directing Talent (Tomasz Wasilewski) and Best Supporting Actress (Marta Nieradkiewicz)
A drama about a promising athlete whose well-rounded family life and relationship with his girlfriend is disturbed when he finds himself fascinated with a new male friend, which leads to confusion and a struggle to find his own way in life. The film's main protagonist Kuba is a young man who lives with his mother and his girlfriend Sylwia. At first glance, Kuba's life may seem to be organized and stable. He loves his girlfriend, he is a college student in physical education, and is considered to be one of the top contenders in the upcoming swimming competition. One night at a party, he meets Michał. A strong emotional bond forms between the two men. Kuba suddenly finds himself fascinated with another man. Terrified of the emotions that have stirred inside him, Kuba cannot find his place in these new circumstances.
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PAPUSZA | PAPUSZA
dir. Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze, Poland 2013, 134' (in Polish and Roma without subtitles)
True story of Papusza - the first Roma woman who put her poems into writing and published them, and therefore confronted the traditional female image in the gypsy community. The film follows Papusza’s life from birth to old age: arranged marriage as a small girl, her life in a gypsy tabor before, during and after second world war, then forced settlement in communist Poland and urban life in poverty. Her meeting with the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, who discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was living in poverty, rejected by the Roma community, for betraying their secrets.
THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY | THE STORY OF FILM - AN ODYSSEY
dir. Mark Cousins, UK 2011
Monday, December 9, 7.05 p.m. (episodes 11 & 12)
INNOVATION IN POPULAR CULTURE - AROUND THE WORLD (1970s), 64’
This episode reveals how, as well as creating the multiplexes, Star Wars, Jaws and The Exorcist were also innovative. The programme then travels to India, where the world's most famous movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, shows how Bollywood was doing new things in the 70s too. And there's a look at how Bruce Lee movies kick-started the kinetic films of Hong Kong, where Master Yuen Wo Ping talks exclusively about his action movies and his 'wire fu' choreography for The Matrix.
MOVIEMAKING AND PROTEST - AROUND THE WORLD (1980s), 64’
With Ronald Reagan in the White House and Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, the 1980s was a decade of protest in the movies. American independent director John Sayles talks exclusively about these years. In Beijing, Chinese cinema was blossoming before the Tian'anmen crackdown. In the Soviet Union, the past wells up in astonishing films, and in Poland the master director Krzysztof Kieslowski emerges.
TWICE BORN | VENUTO AL MUNDO
dir. Sergio Castellitto, Italy/Spain 2012, 131' (in Italian, English, and Bosnian with Polish subtitles)
Gemma visits Sarajevo with her son, Pietro. 16 years earlier, they escaped the war torn city while Diego, the boy’s father, remained behind and later died. As she tries to repair her difficult relationship with Pietro, she also confronts her past. Gemma first met and fell in love with Diego in Sarajevo. They desperately wanted children but she could not conceive. Amidst the siege of 1992, they found a possible surrogate, and Gemma pushed her into Diego’s arms, onlyto be overwhelmed by guilt and jealousy. Now, a revelation awaits her - one that will force her to face the full extent of her loss, the true horror of war and the redemptive power of love.
VENUS IN FUR | LA VÉNUS À LA FOURRURE
dir. Roman Polański, France/Poland 2013, 96’
(in French and German with Polish subtitles)
Exhausting auditions for a new stage play bring no effects: none of the candidates for the female lead ﬁt the role of a woman who has a contract with a man, a contract that turns him into a slave. Resigned, the director is about to exit the theatre when Vanda bursts through the door. She appears insolent, ill-mannered, desperate, and unprepared. Once Thomas reluctantly agrees to give her a chance, the actress undergoes a spectacular metamorphosis.
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