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Taste of the Polish Film Festival

Although Chicago's Polish Film Festival is traditionally held in late September, scheduling conflicts with Poland's national film festival in Gdynia have pushed it back to early November this year. To fill the traditional slot the festival organizers are presenting Taste of the Polish Film Festival, a program of eight contemporary and classic Polish films--none of which will be repeated in November--running from Saturday, September 20, through next Sunday, September 28. All screenings will be at the Copernicus Foundation, 5216 W. Lawrence. Tickets for the 6:45 Saturday screening are $10; all other programs are $4 or $7. For more information call 773-486-9612.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

The Trap

Adek Drabinski directed this comedy- thriller about a small-time actor (Marek Kondrat) who, returning to Poland after 12 years in the U.S., finds himself unemployed, ridden with gambling debts, and pursued by gangsters. Filmed partly in Chicago; with Joanna Benda, Boguslaw Linda, Zbigniew Zamachowski, and Leon Niemczyk. Drabinski, Kondrat, Linda, and producer Leszek Cicirko will attend the screening. (6:45)

Sara

A mobster enrolls his 16-year-old daughter in an elite boarding school and, unwilling to assign one of his thugs to guard her, enlists Leon (Boguslaw Linda), an unemployed ex-army officer whose life fell apart after his child died in a shooting accident. Directed by Maciej Slesicki; with Cezary Pazura, Marek Perepeczko, and Agnieszka Wlodarczyk. Linda will attend the screening. (9:00)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

What Kind of Poland

Pawel Kedzierski and Andrzej Piekutowski's 1996 documentary about Poland's recent presidential campaign. To be shown without subtitles. (4:00)

The Trap

See listing for Saturday, September 20. Adek Drabinski and Marek Kondrat will attend the screening. (6:00)

Sara

See listing for Saturday, September 20. Boguslaw Linda will attend the screening. (8:00)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Minister Is Dancing

A 1937 musical comedy from prewar Poland, directed by Juliusz Gardan. To be shown without subtitles. (8:00)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Miss Nobody

Andrzej Wajda (Man of Marble) directed this 1996 story of social politics among three teenage girls. A small-town girl who's moved to the city befriends a creative free spirit and then drops her for a materialistic rich girl. Radoslaw Piwowarski adapted Tomek Tryzna's novel; with Anna Wielgucka, Anna Mucha, Anna Powierza, Stanislawa Celinska, and Jan Janga Tomaszewski. (8:00)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Our God's Brother

Krzysztof Zanussi directed this philosophical drama constructed around a play by Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II). Just before the premiere of Wojtyla's historical drama, an actor recounts his character's capture by the Russian army in 1863, his sufferings in a primitive field hospital, and his spiritual yearnings after receiving the holy sacrament. Zanussi and coscreenwriter Mario di Nardo incorporate Wojtyla's dialogue into the film; with Scott Wilson, Wojciech Pszoniak, Christoph Waltz, Grazyna Szapolowska, and Riccardo Cussiolla. (8:00)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

The Trap

See listing for Saturday, September 20. (8:00)

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

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