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Polish Film Festival

This teaser for the November Polish Film Festival runs from Saturday, September 18, through Wednesday, September 22, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, and at the Society for Arts, 1112 Milwaukee. Unless otherwise stated, all films are shown with English subtitles. Tickets are $7, $5 for the documentaries, $10 for the opening-night program. For more information call 773-486-9612.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Fluke

A new feature by Maciej Dutkiewicz about an 18-year-old involved in "two smashed police cars, a bomb explosion...and the theft of a luxury auto" who's learning to "grasp his own fate." On the same program, several Roman Polanski shorts, including the 1958 Two Men and a Wardrobe, a bitter little parable that was his fourth short film and his first to get any sort of distribution outside of Poland. Accessible on several levels--as comedy, as social observation, as surrealism, as polemic--the film seems essentially a study of nonconformity, a portrait of the graduated violence an uneasy world bestows upon the dreamer, the bearer of unwanted gifts, the misfit. Many of the classic Polanskian motifs arise here, and many of the film's situations are extraordinarily funny. (DD) The other shorts areThe Murder, A Toothy Smile, Breaking Up the Dance, The Lamp, and When Angels Fall. Copernicus Center (7:00)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

The Teutonic Knights

Fifteenth-century wars form the backdrop for Aleksander Ford's 1960 love story, made to celebrate the 550th aniversary of the Battle of Grunwald.

Copernicus Center (3:00)Fluke

See listing under Saturday, September 18. Copernicus Center (6:15)Ajlawju

A literary critic and former poet falls in love with a former classmate, but their relationship is strained by his jealousy and her alcoholism. A new feature by Marek Rezyseria. To be shown without subtitles. Copernicus Center (8:00)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

TVP documentary films, program one

Three half-hour shorts: Maciej Dejczer's The Pickpockets (1998), Jacek Blawut's Paul, and Ewa Straburzynska's Motl's Jackets (1998). Society for Arts (7:00)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

TVP documentary films, program two

Three shorts: Marcin Mamon's The Real Godfather, Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz's Life Forgives You All, and Konrad Szolajski's A Class on Sex, all from 1998. To be shown without subtitles. Society for Arts (7:00)

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