The film—shot in black and white—follows Anna, a young orphan preparing to become a nun in the 1960s. Meeting her only living relative, she discovers a family secret. While the film refers back to the Holocaust, it is a character study more than a film about Polish history. Like his contemporaries, Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love, 2004) prefers to eschew the common themes of Polish cinema and to make films that are instead about Poles, and about ordinary humans. In Polish language with English subtitles. (2K DCP presentation)
Most of the attention in Polish cinema goes to the greats of the older generations (Wajda, Skolimowski, Kieślowski, Holland) or to the bold, flashy cinema of younger directors like Wojciech Smarzowski and Władysław Pasikowski. The Polish Interiors film series presents the work of a generation of filmmakers who came of age during the communist period, but whose directing careers took off in the post-communist Poland of the 1990s. In the period of transition in the 1990s, when most Polish filmmakers were torn between populist and commercial demands and desire to fulfill one’s artistic vision, these directors turned to close examination of social problems and tight portraits of individuals. Their unique visual styles established them as the main voices of post-communist authorial cinema. This series is sponsored by the Polish Studies Center and co-sponsored by Russian and East European Institute and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures.
Cost: Free, but ticketed
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