Polish Movie Springtime
Polish Movie Springtime, a festival of classic and contemporary Polish films presented by the Society for Arts, continues Friday through Sunday, March 20 through 22. Screenings will be at the Gateway Theatre at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Tickets range from $5 to $7, depending on the program; a $25 pass admits you to any five screenings. For more information call 773-486-9612.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20
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. (7:00)
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. On the same program, Psychodrama, a 1969 short by Piwowski. (9:00)
SATURDAY, MARCH 21
A 1983 SF comedy in which two men (Jerzy Stuhr and Olgierd Lukaszewicz) are placed in suspended animation and awaken 50 years later, following a nuclear war that's defoliated the planet and exterminated the male gender. With Beata Stryjkowna and Beata Tyszkiewicz; director Juliusz Machulski will attend the screening. (5:00)
An action comedy about a cabdriver who's mistaken for an internationally notorious hit man and finds himself growing into the role. With Cezary Pazura, Malgorzata Kozuchowska, Jerzy Stuhr, Janusz Rewinski, and Katarzyna Figura; director Juliusz Machulski will attend the screening (7:15)
Young Wolves 1/2
Jaroslaw Zamojda's Young Wolves took the 1995 award for best debut at the Polish film festival in Gdynia. In this 1997 prequel a gang of smugglers lose their car to an explosion; a young man who finds the car is sentenced to prison for the smugglers' crimes, and his girlfriend later infiltrates the gang. With Krzysztof Antkowiak, Anna Mucha, Zbigniew Suszynski, Pawel Delag. (9:15)
SUNDAY, MARCH 22
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. (4:00)
Young Wolves 1/2
See listing for Saturday, March 21. (6:00)
The third and final installment of Andrzej Kondratiuk's family saga--following The Four Seasons (1985) and Spinning Wheel of Time (1995)--details a romantic triangle involving an aging, solitary filmmaker, his wife, and his camera. With Kondratiuk, Iga Cembrzynska, and Katarzyna Figura. (8:00)
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Brute film still.