The Polish Film Festival, which is being presented by the Film Center of the Art Institute and the Polish Museum of America in cooperation with WPNA radio, runs from Saturday, September 30, through Sunday, October 8. Screenings will be at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and at the Film Center, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Series passes for any five evenings (two programs each) at the Copernicus Center are $20; tickets for any single evening are $6. Tickets for screenings at the Film Center are $5, $3 for Film Center members. For further information call 443-3733.


NEW POLISH SHORTS Eight Polish shorts made between 1983 and 1988: Bogdan Dziworski’s A Few Stories About a Man, Andrzej Titkow’s Pro Toto, Jerzy Kalina’s The Miners’ Shift, Krzysztof Kiwerski’s Zero Option, Kazmierz Konrad’s C-Minor Impressions, Tadeusz Palka’s Hope, Krzysztof Lang’s Tango Aconcagua, and Piotr Dumala’s Walls. (Film Center, 5:30)

STRICKEN The U.S. premiere of a feature by former scriptwriter and film critic Wieslaw Saniewski. Made in 1981, Stricken depicts a multifaceted crisis that comes about when a well-known doctor is accused of murdering his terminally ill and mentally disturbed wife. Saniewski will be present at the screening. (Film Center, 7:30)


CUSTODY Wieslaw Saniewski’s feature, said to be the first treatment of prison life in Poland in a fiction film, focuses on a recently married and pregnant woman (Ewa Blaszczyk) convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to life imprisonment who gives birth to her baby in prison. Made in 1983 and released two years later, the film won a prize at the Mannheim film festival in 1985. Saniewski will be present at the screening. (Film Center, 4:00)

ART OF LOVE Jacek Bromski’s new feature concerns one Dr. Grasshopper, doctor of sexology and TV personality, who finds himself impotent. Following the advice of his psychoanalyst, he convinces a young woman he knows to move in with him, and then gets involved with his tennis coach’s mistress. With Piotr Michalica, Joanna Trzepiecinska, and Anna Romantowska. (Copernicus Center, 4:00)

CITIZEN P. Jerzy Stefan Stawinski adapted his own novel, Piszczyk’s Sad Destiny Continued, for Andrzej Kotkowski’s film about a hard-luck hero who gets thrown into prison by postwar communist authorities. Later, his girlfriend hails him as a victim of Stalinism and a revolutionary activist, which leads to another arrest (1988). (Film Center, 6:00)

THE MAGNATE The hero of Filip Bajon’s new Polish feature is Hans Friedrich von Tuess XVII, who tries every means at his disposal to preserve his family’s wealth and position during the convulsions of 20th-century Poland. With Jan Nowicki, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, and Boguslaw Linda (1987). (Copernicus Center, 6:00)


THE FABULOUS JOURNEY OF BALTHAZAR KOBER Set in the 16th century, this new feature by Wojciech Has (The Saragossa Manuscript, The Sandglass), based on a novel by Frederick Tristan, describes the fantastic adventures and education on the road of a young German during the time of the Black Death (1988). (Copernicus Center, 7:00)

STRICKEN See listing for Saturday, September 30. (Copernicus Center, 9:00)


SOCCER POKER Janusz Zaorski’s film, scripted by Jan Purzycki, deals with an underhanded method of manipulating soccer matches that is undertaken by a well-known soccer referee and his friend. With Janusz Gajos and Malgorzata Pieczynska. (Copernicus Center, 7:00)

UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS Andrzej Domalik’s film about the last years before World War II as seen from the vantage point of artists in bohemia. Adapted from a novel by Michal Choromanski by Wladyslaw Terlecki; with Jan Nowicki (1988). (Copernicus Center, 9:00)


CUSTODY See listing for Sunday, October 1. (Copernicus Center, 7:00)

CITIZEN P. See listing for Sunday, October 1. (Copernicus Center, 9:00)


NEW POLISH SHORTS See listing for Saturday, September 30. (Copernicus Center, 7:00)

ART OF LOVE See listing for Sunday, October 1. (Copernicus Center, 9:00)