The eighth annual Polish Film Festival continues through Sunday, September 29, at the Gateway Movie Theater in the Copernicus Foundation building, 5216 W. Lawrence. Unless otherwise stated, all films are shown with English subtitles. Tickets are $6. For more information call 486-9612.


The Sword From the Commander

A 1995 parable about a man in his late 80s who dies and finds he can’t enter heaven with a sword. Written and directed by Jan Jakub Kolski; with Grazyna Blecka-Kolska. (7:00)

Children and Fishes

The focus of Jacek Bromski’s feature is Anna, a single woman in her 40s with a teenage daughter. Anna meets a former boyfriend at a high school reunion after her husband, a former opposition candidate who’s just emerged from an internment camp, leaves for America with another woman. Bromski will attend the screening. (9:00)



A 1995 feature by writer-director Barbara Sass, set in 1953, about a young nun who loves a priest but is forced to inform on him. (4:00)


Set in 1939, this 1995 adaptation of a Marek Soltysik novel by Ryszard Brylski, a first feature, centers on a famous painter who’s in a creative crisis. Brylski will attend the screening. (6:00)

The Shaman

A feature directed by Andrzej Zulawski about an anthropologist who becomes involved with an 18-year-old girl and discovers a 3,000-year-old human corpse. This movie does not have English subtitles. (9:00)


Much Ado About Basia

A 15-year-old girl searches for the truth about what happened to her real parents in this 1995 feature by Kazimierz Tarnas. (2:00)

Children and Fishes

See listing under Friday, September 27. Director Jacek Bromski will attend the screening. (4:00)

A Gentle Woman

Mariusz Trelinski’s 1995 feature, set in Saint Petersburg a century ago, is based on a story by Dostoyevsky. (6:00)


A 1995 “psychological spy film” from writer-director Antoni Krauze. (8:00)