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Taste of the Polish Film Festival
Chicago’s Polish Film Festival takes place in early November, but the festival organizers are prefacing it with Taste of the Polish Film Festival, a program of contemporary and classic Polish films running from Saturday, September 19, through Sunday, September 27. All screenings will be at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Tickets for the opening night are $10; all other screenings cost $5 or $7.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
A set of color slides discovered in a Viennese book shop forms the basis of Dariusz Jablonski’s feature-length documentary about the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in Lodz; Arnold Mostowicz, a Jewish doctor who survived the liquidation, narrates the film. (6:30)
Happy New York
A 1997 comedy-drama about six Poles who immigrate to the U.S. and find themselves isolated from their familial and cultural roots. Directed by Janusz Zaorski; with Boguslaw Linda, Cezary Pazura, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Katarzyna Figura, and Janusz Gajos. Zaorski will attend the screening. (7:40)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
You Clever Devil
Maria Kaniewska directed this 1960 feature about a brainy student whose professor invites him to his brother’s palace to track down the person who’s stolen one of its doors. With Jozef Skwark, Stanislaw Milski, Pola Raksa, Kazimierz Wichniarz, and Krystyna Karkowska. (2:00)
See listing for Saturday, September 19. Director Dariusz Jablonski will attend the screening. (4:00)
Demons of War After Goya
A Polish major commanding a NATO peacekeeping squad in Bosnia sets out to rescue Polish soldiers who’ve crash-landed in forbidden territory. Wladyslaw Pasikowski directed this contemporary war film; with Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Huk, and Aleksandra Niespielak. To be shown without subtitles; Pasikowski and Niespielak will attend the screening. (5:30)
Land of Promise
Andrzej Wajda’s epic study of the industrialization of Poland, seen through the story of three partners in a textile mill. Adapted from a novel by Wiedislaw Reymont, it walked off with the grand prize at the 1976 Chicago Film Festival despite a fairly strong subtext of anti-Semitism. Too long and too much. (DK) (7:30)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Documentaries from TVN
A 100-minute program of documentaries from the Polish TV channel, made in 1997 and 1998. To be shown on video without subtitles. (7:00)