Polish Movie Springtime

Polish Movie Springtime, a festival of classic and contemporary Polish films presented by the Society for Arts, continues Friday, March 19, through Friday, March 26. Screenings will be at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and the Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $5 to $7; a $12 pass admits you to both parts of Deluge, and a $16 pass admits you to those two screenings plus Colonel Wolodyjowski. For more information call 773-486-9612.


Deluge, part one

Jerzy Hoffman directed this 1974 epic about the Swedish invasion of Poland in the 17th century, based on a novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Quo Vadis). This first half runs nearly three hours; the second will be screened Saturday, March 20, with a separate admission charge. (Copernicus Center, 6:00)


A 1996 drama about a translator who escapes from a top-secret labor camp in Stalinist Hungary, hoping to expose its existence to the West. Directed by Livia Gyarmathy, whose 1988 documentary Recsk 1950-1953, egy titkos kenyszermunkatabor tortenete addressed the same subject. (Copernicus Center, 9:00)


Colonel Wolodyjowski

A nobleman defends 17th-century Poland against invaders in this 1968 feature, the first in a trilogy adapted by director Jerzy Hoffman from the historical novels of Henryk Sienkiewicz. (Copernicus Center, 11:00 am)

Deluge, part two

The second half of Jerzy Hoffman’s 1974 epic about the Swedish invasion of Poland. (Copernicus Center, 6:00)


A middle-aged tae kwon do instructor who’s emigrated to Poland encounters a young student who prompts him to reevaluate his past. Korean director Moon Seung-wook made his Polish film debut with this 1998 feature, which will be shown without subtitles. (Copernicus Center, 9:00)


Animated Films From Krakow

A program of short films by Alexander Sroczynski, Ryszard Antoniszczak, Krzysztof Kiwerski, Ryszard Czekala, Longin Szmyd, Jerzy Kucia, Andrzej Warchal, Julian Jozef Antonisz, and Lucja Mroz-Raynoch. (Copernicus Center, Noon)

Colonel Wolodyjowski

See listing for Saturday, March 20. (Copernicus Center, 1:30)

Colonel Bunker

An Albanian soldier marries a Polish student and brings her home to his native land; 14 years later he’s become a national hero for his work building military fortifications, but his marriage is falling apart. Kujtim Cashku directed this 1996 feature; to be shown without subtitles. (Copernicus Center, 4:30)


A young wholesaler finds himself unemployed when his company goes under; instead of back pay, he’s offered a notebook listing debtors to the company, and with the help of a friend he sets out to collect the money. Witold Adamek directed this 1998 chronicle of life in a small town; to be shown without subtitles. (Copernicus Center, 6:15)


See listing for Saturday, March 20. (Copernicus Center, 8:00)


Documentary Films by Andrzej Fidyk

In The President (1985), a pig breeder who dreams of becoming president convinces the Polish national assembly to follow his plan for raising pigs. The Parade (1989) was filmed during a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the People’s Republic of Korea. In Staszek’s Dream in Teheran (1993), a Polish film crew sent to Iran to document the death of Ayatollah Khomeini is confined to its hotel and instead captures a human drama that unfolds on a neighboring rooftop. Fidyk will attend the screening. (Society for Arts, 7:30)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Colonel Wolodyjowski film still.