Taste of the Polish Film Festival

Chicago’s Polish Film Festival takes place in early November, but the festival organizers have prefaced it with Taste of the Polish Film Festival, a program of contemporary and classic Polish films continuing Friday through Sunday, September 25 through 27.

All screenings will be at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Tickets are $5 or $7.


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)


The Book of Great Wishes

Slawomir Krynski directed this 1997 feature about two dying men whose lives are changed when a seven-year-old orphan takes up temporary residence in their sanatorium. (6:00)

Safe Heaven

A young Russian girl, arriving in Poland by bus, reports a highway robbery to a local chief of police and is detained as a witness; a parish priest installs her in the house of the church organist, with whom she begins to fall in love. Jacek Bromski directed. (7:45)

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. (9:45)


The Treasure

A 1949 Polish romantic comedy about two couples trying to find a place to live in the ruins of Warsaw after World War II. Leonard Buczkowski directed; with Adolf Dymsza. (2:00)

The Book of Great Wishes

See listing for Saturday, September 26. (4:00)

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. (6:00)

Blind Chance

Krzysztof Kieslowski’s acclaimed 1982 feature explores the different events that would have occurred in the life of its hero–a young medical school dropout–depending on his catching or not catching a particular train. Reportedly a fascinating meditation on fate and the potential parallel universes that every life implies. With Boguslaw Linda and Tadeusz Lomnicki. (JR) (8:00)

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