The Polish Film Festival, which is being presented by the Film Center and the Polish Museum of America, runs from Saturday, September 19, through Monday, September 28. Screenings will be at the Copernicus Cultural & Civic Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Tickets are $5; festival passes are available for $40 (for Film Center screenings) and $45 (for Copernicus Center screenings). For more information call 384-3352 or 443-3737.


30 DoorKey

Jerzy Skolimowski’s 1991 film, set in Warsaw in 1939, stars Crispin Glover as a 30-year-old who suddenly starts being treated by those around him–his former professor, a nymphet, a female cousin–as if he had regressed back to childhood. Closer to a curiosity than to a success–the English dialogue and the period Polish setting make for an odd mesh at times–but a curiosity by Skolimowski certainly isn’t like anyone else’s. On the same program, Henryk Dederko’s documentary short Incognito (1988). (Film Center, 4:00)

The Tomb

Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi’s new feature about a young music student (Jesus of Montreal’s Lothaire Bluteau) haunted by a melody he traces back to its reclusive composer (Max von Sydow), who moved to Denmark 40 years earlier; with Sarah Miles and Sofia Grabol. On the same program, Wladyslaw Wasilewski’s documentary short S.O.S. for Krakow (1980). Zanussi and Wasilewski will be present to discuss their films. (Film Center, 6:15)


The Departure

Magdalena and Piotr Lazarkiewicz’s 1991 feature about two women living together in a small room in a retirement home an aged mother, who considers herself German, and her daughter, who considers herself Polish. Romantic rivals for the same man during the war and divided by their political allegiances, they plan to return to the town where they are still outcasts. On the same program, Wojciech Wiszniewski’s 1980 short ABC (Copernicus Center, 2:00)

By the River Nowhere

A feature by Andrzej Baranski (The Woman From the Provinces, Tabu) about the disrupted bonding of four idle young men in a small town in the 60s when one of them becomes involved with a woman visiting for the summer (1991). On the same program, Andrzej Papuzinski’s short Return From Chaos (1990). (Film Center, 4:00)

Calls Controlled

A 1991 feature directed by Sylwester Checinski; no further information available. (Copernicus Center, 4:30)

When Reason Sleeps

Janusz Gajos stars in this drama set in Vienna in 1791 about an opportunistic teenager who loses his innocence in the castle of a wealthy inventor; directed by Marcin Ziebinski. To be shown with Mariusz Grzegorzek’s short Krakatau (1986). (Film Center, 6:00)

Dismissed From Life

A feature by Waldemar Krzystek (Suspended, The Last Perry) about the amnesiac victim of a beating rediscovering his identity while learning why the enemies of the underground Solidarity movement chose to target him; with Jan Frycz and Krystyna Janda. On the same program, Andrzej Rozycki’s short Infinitude of Long Ways (1990). (Copernicus Center, 6:45)


Paper Marriage

Like Green Card and the earlier and better Paper Wedding, this feature by Krzysztof Lang concerns a marriage that exists for immigration purposes–in this case, between a Polish woman and a British man; with Joanna Trzepiecinska, Richard Hawley, and David Horovitch (1991). On the same program, Wladyslaw Wasilewski’s short Wooden Churches (1976). (Copernicus Center, 6:45)

Funeral Party

Jacek Bromski’s Polish-British production concerns the gradual revelations of a family coming together for the funeral of a former philosophy professor; with Boguslaw Linda and Anna Romantowska (1985). To be shown with Jacek Blawut’s 1987 short Sugar Cube. (Copernicus Center, 9:00)


The Departure

See listing under Sunday, September 20. (Copernicus Center, 6:4 5)

When Reason Sleeps

See listing under Sunday, September 20. (Copernicus Center, 9:00)


In the Heart of Europe

An 18-year-old orphan in a small town in 1954 investigates the circumstances surrounding the death of his mother seven years earlier in a feature by Piotr Lazarkiewicz (1990). To be shown with Miroslaw Dembinski’s short Fruits of a Black Earth. (Copernicus Center, 6:45)

By the River Nowhere

See listing under Sunday, September 20. (Copernicus Center, 9:00)


All That Really Matters

Robert Glinski’s new feature about the flight of a Jewish woman with her husband, a poet and communist sympathizer, and son across Nazi-occupied Warsaw and the subsequent breaking up of the family after the invasion of Soviet troops. To be shown with Adam Ustynowicz’s 1983 short 7 1/2. (Copernicus Center, 6:45)

30 Door Key

See listing under Saturday, September 19. (Copernicus Center, 9:00)