“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 films 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, a retrospective celebrating one of Poland’s many revolutionary filmmakers, September 6-8.
A manager, screenwriter, novelist, theatrical manager, and painter, Piotr Szulkin frequently encountered censorship through the Polish Communist regime regarding the late ’70s and very very very early ’80s for their unabashedly governmental works. Szulkin’s profoundly imaginative movies can be considered as existential stories, 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 generate shockingly iconoclastic technology fiction movies. Referred to as “the undiscovered Fritz Lang of 1980s Mitteleuropa” (Michal Oleszczyk, RogerEbert.com), Szulkin made movies that have been hardly ever seen outside of their indigenous Poland but which continue to resonate with chilling truths about humankind, drawing eerily prescient parallels to the present global political environment.
Among the biggest retrospectives of their work up to now, Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin provides an array of brand brand new electronic restorations and brought in movie images. The show showcases most of Szulkin’s features, including their audacious cult classic Golem , frequently considered a precursor to Blade Runner ; The War regarding the Worlds: Next Century asian dating, a reimagining for the H.G. Wells novel and an indictment of mass media’s impact on civilians; O-Bi, O-Ba: the termination of Civilization , which follows the rest of the survivors of the 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. Also, the retrospective will emphasize Szulkin’s film that is short, like the folklore-inspired morality play Dziewce z ciortem in addition to documentary Working Women .
Presented in collaboration because of the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Arranged by Florence Almozini and Tyler Wilson.
Tickets carry on sale Thursday, August 15 and therefore are $15; $12 for pupils, seniors (62+), and individuals with disabilities; and ten dollars for movie at Lincoln Center users. Save with all the purchase of three tickets or higher.
Acknowledgments: Polish Cultural Institute Nyc; Daniel Bird
FILMS & DESCRIPTIONS All tests occur at 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 mother dies, a coolly detached, bourgeois housewife (Hanna Dunowska) embarks on an outre carnal odyssey searching for intimate 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, their state, in addition to concept of the nuclear household.
Preceded by: brand New electronic renovation Working Women / Kobiety pracujace Poland, 1978, 6m U.S. Premiere Stylized with dramatic interiors and a distorted frame price, this very very early documentary miniature from Szulkin depicts 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 satire that is dystopian. In the next where life on the planet happens to be therefore wonderful that only prisoners are utilized for the dangerous business of room research, poker-faced intergalactic inmate Scope (Daniel Olbrychski) is delivered on a apparently doomed objective to a planet that is uncharted. Upon their arrival, he discovers some sort of curiously just like a dilapidated, postapocalyptic world, where he’s welcomed because of the population as a “hero,” an ignominious honor, he quickly learns, that is included with a many barbaric fate. Using the film’s properly nonsensical name from the babble of their child child, Szulkin provides a bleakly acerbic commentary in the absurdity of life in a authorities state. Friday, September 6, 4:30pm Saturday, September 7, 8:30pm
Brand New electronic renovation Golem Poland, 1980, 92m Polish with English subtitles in a few dystopian future, researchers try to produce an innovative new, flexible competition of humans. a seemingly ordinary item associated with effort, 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 feature that is bold, styled in sepia tones and dramatic illumination, happens to be known as a precursor to Blade Runner , but its name additionally appears back again to a more ancient misconception of creation and morality.
Preceded by: brand New restoration that is digital Gal while the 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 utilizing the devil, set to the Polish ballad of the identical title and imbued with folkloric imagery. Friday, September 6, 6:30pm Saturday, September 7, 2:00pm
New electronic restoration 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 can be a crazy, carnivalesque commentary on post-Communist Poland for which drunken degenerate Ubu (Jan Peszek) seizes control of the monarchy in a supposedly “democratic” takeover (their signature policy: universal free alcohol) and then institute their own absurdist, tragicomic reign of terror. Upgrading Jarry’s iconoclastic eyesight with a new dosage of dark, post-Soviet cynicism, King Ubu can be an incendiary summative statement from a musician whom devoted his profession to lobbing grenades in the equipment of totalitarian corruption that is political. Sunday, September 8, 6:00pm
Brand brand New electronic renovation O-Bi, 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 restricted up to a squalid underground bunker where survivors toil desperately to uphold the final vestiges of civilization. These are typically spurred in by their fervent belief in a fabled Ark which will deliver them from their residing hell—a myth propagated by the powers that be, and distribute, to some extent, by the increasingly disillusioned smooth (Jerzy Stuhr) as he tries to push away total collapse. Involved in an expressionistically grimy, grey- and blue-toned palette, Szulkin crafts a shattering existential parable concerning the false claims of politics and faith that plays away such as a Sisyphean journey into madness. Saturday, September 7, 6:30pm Sunday, September 8, 4:00pm
Brand brand New digital renovation The War for the Worlds: Next Century / Wojna swiatow – nastepne stulecie Poland, 1981, 96m Polish with English subtitles aimed at both H. G. Wells and Orson Welles, Szulkin’s followup to Golem starts using the Christmastime takeover of Poland with a band of hyperintelligent, bloodthirsty martians (played by silver-painted dwarfs in puffer jackets) who enlist hapless tv newscaster Iron Idem (Roman Wilhelmi) because the vocals of these 1984 propaganda machine that is-esque. Nevertheless when Iron dares to set off message, he makes an enemy also more than the aliens: the state it self. Released in the same way Poland was being plunged into martial legislation and instantly prohibited, The War of this Worlds: Next Century is a disturbingly prescient allegory of energy, control, and news manipulation in a post-truth globe. Friday, September 6, 9:00pm Sunday, September 8, 2:00pm