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 contemporary and classic Polish films--none of which will be repeated in November--continuing this week Friday through Sunday, September 26 through 28. All screenings will be at the Copernicus Foundation, 5216 W. Lawrence. Tickets are $4 or $7. For more information call 773-486-9612.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
The Amorous Maneuvers
Jan Nowina-Przybylski and Konrad Tom directed this 1935 musical comedy set in the farcical state of Szprooja. Niko, a lieutenant, falls for Baroness Kolmar; to avoid a blind date arranged by his family he disguises himself as a servant, unaware that his intended escort is the baroness. Meanwhile the baroness, none too eager to take part in the date, has disguised herself as a maid. With Tola Mankiewiczowna, Mira Ziminski, Aleksander Zabczynski, and Ludwik Sempolinski. To be shown without subtitles. (8:00)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
The Forgotten Melody
Released in 1938, this musical comedy involves a soap manufacturer's daughter who memorizes in the form of a song her father's secret formula for soap that bounces. Directed by Konrad Tom and Jan Fethke; with Helena Grossowna, Aleksander Zabczynski, Jadwiga Adrzejewska, and Antoni Fertner. To be shown without subtitles. (5:00)
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. (7:00)
A mobster enrolls his 16-year-old daughter in an elite boarding school and, unwilling to assign one of his own thugs to guard her, enlists Leon (Boguslaw Linda), an unemployed ex-army officer whose life has fallen apart since the death of his child in a shooting accident. Directed by Maciej Slesicki; with Cezary Pazura, Marek Perepeczko, and Agnieszka Wlodarczyk. (9:00)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Tomasz Zygadlo directed this 1994 documentary about Piotr Skrzynecki, the bard of a popular Krakow cabaret; when martial law forced Skrzynecki to leave the cabaret, he became a Krakow tour guide and then landed at a welfare house. To be shown without subtitles. (4:00)
Our God's Brother
Krzysztof Zanussi directed this religious drama constructed around a play by Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II). Just before the premiere of Wojtyla's historical play, 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 receving the holy sacrament. Zanussi and coscenarist Mario di Nardo incorporate Wojtyla's dialogue into the film; with Scott Wilson, Wojciech Pszoniak, Christoph Waltz, Grazyna Szapolowska, and Riccardo Cussiolla. (6:00)
See listing for Saturday, September 27. (8:00)
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Our God's Brother film still.