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Polish Movie Springtime


Polish Movie Springtime

Polish Movie Springtime, a festival of classic and contemporary Polish films presented by the Society for Arts, runs from Saturday through next Sunday, March 14 through 22. Screenings will be at the Gateway Theatre at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Tickets range from $5 to $8, depending on the program; a $25 pass admits you to any five screenings. For more information call 773-486-9612.


Polish Wedding

Theresa Connelly's first feature, described as an update on Hollywood's working-class dramas of the 30s and 40s, explores the ties among a Polish-American family in Connelly's native Detroit. Lena Olin is the strong-willed mother, Gabriel Byrne the quiet father, and Claire Danes their rebellious daughter, who takes up with a police officer. Connelly will attend the screening; the film is scheduled for a commercial release this summer. (7:00)


Maciej Dejczer (300 Miles to Heaven) directed this 1997 drama about smuggling and other clandestine activities inside a children's hospital in Romania. With Wojciech Brzezinski, John Hurt, Ida Jablonska, Bartek Pieniazek, Pete Postlethwaite, and Til Schweiger. (9:00)


The Cruise

Marek Piwowski directed this 1968 satire about a stowaway on a luxury cruise who's mistakenly appointed the ship's social director and organizes all its activities according to the highest principles of Marxism. The original release ran 90 minutes, but 22 minutes were cut in 1970 and subsequently lost. With Stanislaw Tym, Jolanta Lothe, Wanda Stanislawska-Lothe, Zygmunt Maklakiewicz, and Jan Himilsbach. (4:00)

The Brute

See listing for Saturday, March 14. (6:00)

Lilian's Story

Jerzy Domaradzki, who left Poland for Australia in the late 80s, directed this 1996 drama about Lilian Una-Singer, a victim of physical and sexual abuse who was institutionalized for 40 years and then released to wander the streets of Sydney. Steve Wright adapted a nonfiction novel by Kate Granville; with Ruth Cracknell, Barry Otto, Toni Colette, Iris Shand, and Bogdan Koca. (8:00)


Deja Vu

During the roaring 20s, a Polish-American hit man from Chicago (Jerzy Stuhr) is ordered to bump off a Mafia traitor in Odessa, but his mission is foiled repeatedly by his celebrity status as the first American passenger on a steamship line. Juliusz Machulski, who will attend the screening, directed this 1989 comedy; with Galina Pietrowa and Nikolai Karczencow. (8:00)


Va Banque

A Warsaw safecracker (Jan Machulski) comes out of retirement to mastermind a bank heist and avenge himself on the banker who set him up (Leonard Pietraszak). Juliusz Machulski, who will attend the screening, directed this 1981 suspense film set in the 1930s; with Witold Pyrkosz and Jacek Chmielnik. (7:00)

Va Banque II

Juliusz Machulski's 1984 sequel to Va Banque finds the banker imprisoned at the end of the first film (Leonard Pietraszak) busting out and kidnapping the daughter of his nemesis, a Warsaw safecracker (Jan Machulski). With Witold Pyrkosz and Jacek Chmielnik; Juliusz Machulski will attend the screening. (9:00)



Gnomes driven out of their forest home become squatters in the basement of an old library. Juliusz Machulski, who will attend the screening, directed this modern-day fairy tale released in 1989; with Jacek Chmielnik, Jerzy Stuhr, and Katarzyna Figura. (8:00)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Deja Vu film still.

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