“An Eastern European Ridley Scott… the cultural commentary of Szulkin’s oeuvre is universalist… their future is our now.” – Ela Bittencourt
“The Polish ‘cinema of anxiety’ soars from this globe within the work of Piotr Szulkin… the movies thrive on imaginative vision and sociological absurdity.” – Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
Movie at Lincoln Center is happy to announce Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin, rubrides-club a retrospective celebrating one of Poland’s many filmmakers that are revolutionary September 6-8.
A director, screenwriter, novelist, theatrical manager, and painter, Piotr Szulkin frequently encountered censorship through the Polish Communist regime for the belated ’70s and very early ’80s for their unabashedly governmental works. Szulkin’s profoundly imaginative movies can be looked at as existential tales, absurdist parables, or premonitions about contemporary society’s hostility while the evils of totalitarianism. Drawing from 20th-century philosophy and Polish medieval literary works through speculative fiction, noir, and grotesque allegories, Szulkin masterfully wielded the shoestring budgets afforded him to generate shockingly iconoclastic technology fiction movies. Called “the undiscovered Fritz Lang of 1980s Mitteleuropa” (Michal Oleszczyk, RogerEbert.com), Szulkin made movies which were rarely seen outside of their indigenous Poland but which continue steadily to resonate with chilling truths about humankind, drawing eerily prescient parallels to the present global governmental environment.
Among the biggest retrospectives of his strive to date, Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin provides an array of brand new digital restorations and brought in movie images. The show showcases each of Szulkin’s features, including his audacious cult classic Golem , usually considered a precursor to Blade Runner ; The War for the Worlds: Next Century, a reimagining associated with the H.G. Wells novel plus an indictment of mass media’s impact on civilians; O-Bi, O-Ba: the termination of Civilization , which follows the residual survivors of a nuclear apocalypse from their dire situation; Szulkin’s exploration of female sexuality in the increasingly delirious and erotic Femina ; the dadaist Ga, Ga: Glory to Heroes , which follows a prisoner aboard a penitentiary spaceship as he is sent on a mission to a police state hell planet; and Szulkin’s final film, King Ubu , based on the 19th-century Albert Jarry play, a brutal commentary on contemporary Poland in the aftermath of the Communism Szulkin criticized throughout his career as they wait for a mythical Ark to save them. Furthermore, the retrospective will emphasize Szulkin’s short movie work, like the folklore-inspired morality play Dziewce z ciortem in addition to documentary Working Women .
Presented in collaboration with all the Polish Cultural Institute ny.
Arranged by Florence Almozini and Tyler Wilson.
Tickets carry on sale Thursday, August 15 and tend to be $15; $12 for pupils, seniors (62+), and people with disabilities; and $10 for movie at Lincoln Center people. Save because of the purchase of three seats or even more.
Acknowledgments: Polish Cultural Institute Nyc; Daniel Bird
FILMS & DESCRIPTIONS All tests happen during the Walter Reade Theater (165 western 65th Street) unless otherwise noted.
Femina Poland, 1991, 35mm, 84m Polish with English subtitles After her husband leaves for a long company trip and her mom dies, a coolly detached, bourgeois housewife (Hanna Dunowska) embarks on an outre carnal odyssey looking for sexual satisfaction, leading her into increasingly deranged, sinister realms as memories from her childhood mingle with fever-dream seductions. Equal components coming-of-age nightmare, softcore satire, and surrealist cantata, Szulkin’s delirious erotic fantasia unfurls in a nonstop rush of indelibly uncanny images—from a free-floating apparition of the lusty Joseph Stalin to a set of shockingly randy puppets—as it savages religion, hawaii, while the concept of the family that is nuclear.
Preceded by: brand New electronic renovation Working Women / Kobiety pracujace Poland, 1978, 6m U.S. Premiere Stylized with dramatic interiors and a distorted framework price, this very very early documentary miniature from Szulkin illustrates six sequences of solitary, repetitious work. Saturday, September 7, 4:30pm Sunday, September 8, 8:00pm
Ga, Ga: Glory to Heroes / Ga, Ga – Chwala bohaterom Poland, 1986, 35mm, 84m Polish with English subtitles Resistance is useless in Szulkin’s stunningly nihilistic dystopian satire. In the next where life in the world is actually therefore wonderful that only prisoners are utilized for the high-risk company of room exploration, poker-faced intergalactic inmate Scope (Daniel Olbrychski) is delivered for a apparently condemned objective to an uncharted earth. Upon their arrival, he discovers some sort of curiously like a dilapidated, postapocalyptic world, where he could be welcomed because of the population as being a “hero,” an ignominious honor, he soon learns, that is included with a most barbaric fate. Using the film’s properly nonsensical name from the babble of their child child, Szulkin provides a bleakly acerbic commentary from the absurdity of life in an authorities state. Friday, September 6, 4:30pm Saturday, September 7, 8:30pm
brand New digital restoration Golem Poland, 1980, 92m Polish with English subtitles in a few dystopian future, boffins try to produce an innovative new, flexible battle of people. a apparently ordinary item for the work, the genetically engineered Pernat (Marek Walczewski) is susceptible to round-the-clock monitoring while he goes about their life amidst drab bloc architecture that is soviet. Szulkin’s bold function first, styled in sepia tones and dramatic illumination, happens to be called a precursor to Blade Runner , but its name additionally appears returning to a far more ancient misconception of creation and morality.
Preceded by: brand brand New electronic restoration The Gal in addition to Fiend / Dziewce z ciortem Poland, 1976, 14m Polish with English subtitles U.S. Premiere Szulkin stages a morality play in regards to a sinful woman’s encounter because of the devil, set to your Polish ballad of the identical title and imbued with folkloric imagery. Friday, September 6, 6:30pm Saturday, September 7, 2:00pm
New electronic renovation King Ubu / Ubu krol Poland, 2003, 90m Polish with English subtitles U.S. Premiere centered on Alfred Jarry’s late 19th-century, proto-Dada political satire Ubu Roi , Szulkin’s last movie is definitely a crazy, carnivalesque commentary on post-Communist Poland by which drunken degenerate Ubu (Jan Peszek) seizes control over the monarchy in a supposedly “democratic” takeover (their signature policy: universal free alcohol) simply to institute their own absurdist, tragicomic reign of terror. Upgrading Jarry’s iconoclastic eyesight with a brand new dosage of dark, post-Soviet cynicism, King Ubu can be an incendiary summative statement from a musician whom devoted their profession to lobbing grenades during the equipment of totalitarian corruption that is political. Sunday, September 8, 6:00pm
New restoration that is digital, O-Ba: The End of Civilization / O-bi, O-ba – Koniec cywilizacji Poland, 1985, 88m Polish with English subtitles What stays of mankind post–nuclear apocalypse is confined to a squalid underground bunker where survivors toil desperately to uphold the past vestiges of civilization. They’ve been spurred in by their fervent belief in a fabled Ark that may deliver them from their residing hell—a misconception propagated by the powers that be, and distribute, to some extent, because of the increasingly disillusioned smooth (Jerzy Stuhr) as he tries to push away total collapse. Employed in an expressionistically grimy, grey- and blue-toned palette, Szulkin crafts a shattering existential parable concerning the false promises of politics and faith that plays down like a Sisyphean journey into madness. Saturday, September 7, 6:30pm Sunday, September 8, 4:00pm
brand New electronic renovation The War for the Worlds: Next Century / Wojna swiatow – nastepne stulecie Poland, 1981, 96m Polish with English subtitles specialized in both H. G. Wells and Orson Welles, Szulkin’s followup to Golem starts because of the Christmastime takeover of Poland by way of a band of hyperintelligent, bloodthirsty martians (played by silver-painted dwarfs in puffer jackets) who enlist hapless television newscaster Iron Idem (Roman Wilhelmi) because the sound of these 1984 propaganda machine that is-esque. However when Iron dares to set off message, he makes an enemy also more than the aliens: the state it self. Released just like Poland was being plunged into martial law and instantly prohibited, The War associated with the Worlds: Next Century is really a disturbingly prescient allegory of energy, control, and news manipulation in a world that is post-truth. Friday, September 6, 9:00pm Sunday, September 8, 2:00pm