Conrad Festival 2010 (Eng)

November, 2 - 5 2010

(polska wersja znajduje si TUTAJ!)

Between 2 and 5 of November Kino Pod Baranami invites to the screenings accompanying the second edition of the International Joseph Conrad Literature Festival that aims to present richness of languages and worlds other than our own.

Otherness is not one-sided, but determines all possible relations between people, between cultures, between languages. Otherness - what causes that not all people are the same - is a richness, not impoverishment. Although the festival is not dedicated to Conrad, it cannot go unnoticed that our patron was one of the most diligent explorers of otherness in the modern culture of the West.

This year, placing the motto of otherness onto the foreground, the organisers want to draw one’s attention even more strongly to the multi-voice character of our culture and idea of alterity attributed to it.

Today, one must speak about otherness in various ways - also in cinematography. And such films will be show during screenings in Kino Pod Baranami: various topics and various techniques of movie making. We will screen different genres: feature films, animations and documentaries as well.


Saturday, Tuesday 2, 10.00 pm.
dir. Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi, France/USA 2007, 96’
(in French with Polish subtitles)

Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine-year-old Marjane that we see people's hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power - forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable.

Wednesday 3, 10.00 pm.
dir. Wojciech Jerzy Has, Poland 1965, 182’
(in Polish with English subtitles)

In the Napoleonic wars, an officer finds an old book that relates his grandfather's story, Alfons van Worden, captain in the Walloon guard. A man of honor and courage, he seeks the shortest route through the Sierra Morena. At an inn, the Venta Quemada, he sups with two Islamic princesses. They call him their cousin and seduce him; he wakes beside corpses under a gallows. He meets a hermit priest and a goatherd; each tells his story; he wakes again by the gallows. He's rescued from the Inquisition, meets a cabalist and hears more stories within stories, usually of love. He returns to Venta Quemada, the women await with astonishing news.

Thursday 4, 10.00 pm.
dir. Claude Lanzmann, France 2001, 95’
(in French with Polish subtitles)

French documentary film directed by Claude Lanzmann. It was screened out of competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. The title and date refer to the only successful uprising at a Nazi extermination camp during the Second World War.

Friday 5, 10.00 pm.
dir. Bela Tarr, Hungary 2001, 145’
(in Hungarian with Dutch and Polish subtitles)

This story takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain. In a provincial town, which is surrounded with nothing else but frost. It is bitterly cold weather - without snow. Even in this bewildered cold hundreds of people are standing around the circus tent, which is put up in the main square, to see - as the outcome of their wait - the chief attraction, the stuffed carcass of a real whale. The people are coming from everywhere. From the neighboring settlings, even from quite far away parts of the country.

12 PLN
10 PLN (student)

ENTRY PASS (4 films):
40 PLN
34 PLN (student)

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