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Films & Schedules - POLAND

AFTERMATH

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 8 PM (CANCELLED)
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Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 23, 2014
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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AFTERMATH

DIRECTOR: Wladyslaw Pasikowski - POLAND

A gripping psychological thriller, Aftermath tells the story of two estranged brothers, Franek and Josef, who discover a terrible secret that forces them to revise their perception of their family, neighbors, and the history of their nation. The sons of a poor farmer from a small village in central Poland, Franek immigrated to the US in the 1980s and cut ties with his family. Only when his brother’s wife arrives two decades later without explanation does Franek decide to return to his homeland. There he finds his brother has been ostracized from the community and receiving various threats, and soon...

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IDA

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 5:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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IDA

DIRECTOR: Pawel Pawlikowski - POLAND

Orphaned during World War II and raised in a rural convent, Anna is about to take her own vows. But before becoming a nun, the mother superior insists she visit her last remaining relative. Aunt Wanda, Anna discovers, is a worldly intellectual—an embittered ex-judge in Warsaw—and a woman who deals with her painful memories with liberal doses of sex and drink. An offhand revelation about Anna’s true identity sets in motion a road trip through the Polish countryside during which these two strikingly different women confront devastating family secrets and postwar demons. One of the most internationally acclaimed films of...

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WALESA: MAN OF HOPE

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 20, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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WALESA: MAN OF HOPE

DIRECTOR: Andrzej Wajda - POLAND

This remarkable historical epic, tracing Lech Walesa’s rise from simple shipyard electrician to leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement and Polish president, is the last part of venerable director Andrzej Wajda’s trilogy about how worker disillusionment with Communism helped to bring about the system’s demise. Centering on Walesa and his wife Danuta, the screenplay, built around a 1981 interview he gave to Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, chronicles two decades of high stakes events while, in Wajda’s words “...making a movie about a people’s hero...a politician who came from the social lows and rose to his position purely and only thanks to...

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