The Film Society of Lincoln Center is teaming with the Polish Cultural Institute of New York for a week of contemporary Polish cinema. The series features Jacek Borcuch’s “All That I Love,” which played at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and a two film tribute of digitally restored prints featuring Zbigniew Cybulski, known to many as the “Polish James Dean.” The series runs from September 9-15. For more information, check out the Film Society’s website here.
A complete list of the films, with descriptions provided by the Film Society of Lincoln Center:
“All That I Love” (Wszystko, co kocham), Director: Jacek Borcuch
Amidst the Solidarity strikes and crackdowns of 1981, punk rock and hormones distract the son of a naval officer in Boyuch’s coming-of-age crowd-pleaser. The film was a selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
“Black Thursday” (Czarny czwartek), Director: Antoni Krausze
A stirring drama that recreates the brutally suppressed Gdynia shipyard strikes of 1970. The film chronicles the events that spiraled out from the senseless shooting of a man on his way to work.
“Erratum,” Director: Marek Lechki
Thirtysomething dad Michal is called back to his hometown and drawn into stories and lives from his past, in Lechki’s sensitively observed, lyrical debut.
“Mall Girls” (Galerianki), Director: Katarzyna Roslaniec
Rostaniec’s darkly devastating film, which spurred nationwide debates, follows teens who get the latest fashions by offering themselves to men known as “sponsors.”
“Mother Teresa of Cats” (Matka Teresa od kotów), Director: Pawel Sala
Dysfunction turns to disaster when two brothers, aged 22 and 12, murder their cat-loving mother, in this sobering drama told through serial flashbacks and based on a true story.
“Out of Love” (Z miłości), Director: Anna Jadowska
The drama follows the ramifications resulting a young married couple’s decision to act in a porn movie—just once—because they desperately need the money. The experience opens up emotional and moral issues for the couple.
“Suicide Room” (Sala samobójców), Director: Jan Komasa
After a high-school dare leads to humiliation, a rich teen spirals into an abyss of virtual online worlds, in Komasa’s coolly visualized tale of youth and oblivion.
“Venice” (Wenecja), Director: Jan Jakub Kolski
Re-creating the wonders of Venice in their basement, a boy and his family find a magic-realist escape from World War II in this visually striking film.
Shorts Program: A wide-ranging sample of fiction (“Whisper,” “Talk to Him,” “Pussycat”), documentary (“Returns,” “Interrogation”) and animated works (“Sweitez,” “The Gallery,” “Millhaven”), many of them prize-winners at international film festivals.
Two with Cybulski — Regarded as the “Polish James Dean”, Zbigniew Cybulski stars in these two digitally restored Polish cinema classics.
“Goodbye Until Tomorrow” (Do widzenia do jutra), Director: Janusz Morgenstern
Cybulski shines as a charming actor in a traveling troupe who catches the eye of a fetching Frenchwoman. Scored by Krzysztof Komeda.
“Night Train” (Pociag), Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz
In this masterfully shot classic of postwar Polish cinema, a fateful train hosts a diverse mosaic of personalities—including a murderer. Cybulski stars as a spurned lover.