special event

2 days · 3 movies · november 16 & 17 · 2017


THURSDAY· NOV 16 · 2017


OUR VASEK. 
the power of THE powerless.
directed by Krystyna Krauze

7PM · BOHEMIAN NATIONAL HALL
Q&A with director Krystyna Krauze after the screening

This film, initiated by Polish filmmakers, introduces viewers to how Vaclav Havel was viewed "next door.” In Poland, too, Havel was considered an important person and a symbol. The film sheds light on the little-known relationship between the Polish and Czech opposition and offers a unique testimony on the meetings and actions that helped to bring down the totalitarian regimes in Europe.

With music by Czech bands and singers: The Plastic People of the Universe, Psi vojaci, Pavel Hrubes, Jaroslav Hutka and Marta Kubisova.

Our Vasek. On the Power of the Powerless (2012)
director Krystyna Krauze
run time: 52 min.

This event is organized by New York Polish Film Festival and Vaclav Havel Library Foundation, with support of BBLA and Vaclav Havel Library.

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VENUE
Bohemian National Hall
321 E. 71st Str., 1st Floor Cinema
New York, NY 10021

Tickets for $10 are available online or for $12 at the door before screening.



FRIDAY· NOV 17 · 2017


Volhynia (aka Hatred)
"WOLYN" directed by Wojtek Smarzowski
 
6PM · ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES


A small village in the south-western part of Volhynia, former southeast Poland, populated by Ukrainians, Poles and Jews. 1939. Zosia is in love with a Ukrainian boy from her village, but her father decides to marry her off to the richest farmer, a Pole, a widower much older than her, who has two children. The life of the village is altered, first by the Soviet occupation, and nearly two years later by the German attack on the USSR. The persecution and mass murder of Jews begin the following year. Meanwhile, although not supported by Germans, the Ukrainian aspirations to establish a sovereign country are constantly rising.

The tension between the Polish and Ukrainian neighbors increases and nationalist and fascistic sentiment grow within Ukrainians, in response to the Polish heavy-handedness. In February 1943 the OUN-B (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, Stepan Bandera faction) orders the expulsion of all Poles from Volhynia to obtain an “ethnically pure territory” within a future “free” Ukrainian nation state. Troops of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) attack Polish settlements and often equally ruthless Poles take revenge on the Ukrainians. Amongst this sea of hatred Zosia is trying to save her children.

Asked if the vivid reconstruction of the events would not reopen old wounds and inflame long-standing conflicts, Smarzowski replied: “This film will not divide people. On the contrary, as I see it, this is a film that will bring Poles and Ukrainians together, and likewise the whole world in the fight against fascist ideology”.

WARNING: Film contains some graphic violence.

2016, 131 min.
Directed by: Wojtek Smarzowski
Written by: Wojtek Smarzowski
Principal Cast: Michalina Łabacz, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Jacek Braciak, Maria Sobocińska, Wasyl Wasylik, Adrian Zaremba, Lech Dyblik, Izabela Kuna

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VENUE
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
32 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

Tickets for $20 are available online or at the door before screening.


THE ART OF LOVING. 
THE STORY OF MICHALINA WISLOCKA.
"Sztuka Kochania" directed by Maria Sadowska

8:45PM · ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES

The story of Michalina Wislocka, the noted doctor who became the author of Poland’s most popular self-help book about love and sex. She made the impossible happen, opening wide the doors of Polish bedrooms. Cracking down on conservative stereotypes and omnipresent ignorance, Wislocka revolutionized the Polish sexual life, all with this one book. Dr. Wislocka’s story is told through several decades: the post-war 40’s, the Stalinist 50’s, and the Polish People Republic of the 70’s – which led to her writing and publishing “The Art of Loving”.

MARIA SADOWSKA, DIRECTOR
Born in 1976 in Warsaw. Pop singer, music producer, film director, screenwriter, composer, and arranger. Graduated from the Academy of Film and Television in Warsaw and from the Directing Department of the National Film School in Łódź. She recorded her first solo album when she was 14 years old. Her feature etude, “Wings” (Skrzydla), was screened at numerous international film festivals in cities such as Moscow, Taipei, Bologna, Barcelona, Istanbul and Paris. Her “Non-Stop Color”, made under the auspices of the Munk Studio’s ‘30 Minutes programme’, was one of three short stories that made up the omnibus film DEMAQUILLAGE (Demakijaż).

FILMOGRAPHY
2017 The Art of Loving (Sztuka kochania)
2012 Women’s Day (Dzień kobiet)
2009 Non-Stop Color


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VENUE
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
32 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

Tickets for $20 are available online or at the door before screening.


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