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.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
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)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
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)
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)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
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)
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.