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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

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Polish American Performing Arts Club

and Polish Film Festival in LA presents:

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Friday, October 14, 2016

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7:00 p.m.

MERRY-GO-ROUND (Karuzela) by Robert Wichrowski (2014, 92 min.)

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Love, betrayal, friendship and secrets – these four notions best describe the contemporary story of four main characters in their twenties. Two childhood friends fall in love with the same girl. Both are dating her – one officially, the other behind his friend’s back. Both men can’t find satisfying jobs and decide to go to Afghanistan with the contingent of the Polish Armed Forces. The characters have to overcome their weaknesses and face the harsh reality as well as the consequences of the choices made in the past.

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9:00 p.m.

KARBALA by Krzysztof Lukaszewicz (2015, 115 min.)

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Karbala focuses on the largest battle that Polish soldiers have fought since the World War II. April 2004, Iraq. On the Day of Ashura the militia of the Shiite cleric Muktada As-Sadr, supported by the jihadists, start an uprising in the Polish stabilization zone. The US command orders the Poles to hold the City Hall, the seat of the local authorities and police, loyal to the stabilization forces. Karbala City Hall is cut off, leaving inside 40 Poles and 40 Bulgarian soldiers with supplies of food and ammunition to 24h fight.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

(in person: Jerzy ZalewskiAndrzej Warzocha)

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2:00 p.m.

GEISHA (Gejsza) by Radoslaw Markiewicz (2016, 90 min.)

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Jakub Garda, or ‘Giant’, is a bouncer at a night club called ‘Geisha’. The boss of the local mafia offers him some extra work. On one of his missions, Giant runs into his handicapped brother Patrick, who lives in a refuge for the homeless, cared for by a young therapist named Maja. Giant is forced to choose between the world of Maja and Patrick and the one of the mafia boss and the beautiful Velvet, a hooker at the night club who happens to be in love with Giant.

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4:00 p.m.

THE STORY OF SWARM (ROJ) OR YOU HEAR BETTER UNDERGROUND   (Historia Roja czyli w ziemi lepiej slychac) by Jerzy Zalewski (2016, 135 min)

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The Story of Rój is a tale about a 20-year-old youngster who forms a squad of anti-Communist guerillas after the Second World War. As a part of the National Military Union (Narodowe Zjednoczenie Wojskowe), the suqad of Swarm had fought until 1951, when its commandant was killed in the raid of joined forces of the communist army and secret police. This is a story of six years of fighting in the name of ‘God, Honor and Motherland’, and of many spectacular guerilla actions; a story of enforcing law where the Communist lawlessness ruled. At the same time it is a story of love, happiness and betrayal experienced by young partisans in the most intense period of their lives. Under the Communist rule, the history of Rój and other so-called Cursed Soldiers was completely falsified, and remains virtually unknown until today.

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7:00 p.m.

STRANGE HEAVEN (Obce niebo) by Dariusz Gajewski (2015, 104 min.)

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Basia and Marek are a young couple of Polish immigrants in Sweden. One innocent lie triggers a family drama; their daughter is taken away by social services. The couple can’t agree on how to fight with the ruthless procedures of a modern state. Feeling powerless and desperate, they decide to act beyond the law.

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9:00 p.m.

“SMOLEŃSK” by Antoni Krauze SPECIAL  WEST COAST PREMIER

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

(in person:  Marek Tomasz PawlowskiMalgorzata Walczak,  Damian KocurTomasz Slesicki,   Marcin Bortkiewicz,  Jerzy Zalewski )

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2:00 p.m.

 DocumentariesTHE INTRODUCTION OF CHRISTIANITY A.D. 965 (Zaprowadzenie chrzescijanstwa R.P. 965)  by Marek Brodzki  (2016, 16 min. 30 sec.)THE SHUYSKY TSARS AT THE WARSAW SEYM (Carowie Szujscy na sejmie warszawskim) by Marek Brodzki (2016, 12 min. 30 sec.)THE TOUCH OF AN ANGEL (Dotkniecie aniola) by Marek Tomasz Pawlowski (2015, 59 min.)

 The Introduction of Christianity A.D. 965 (Zaprowadzenie Chrześcijaństwa R.P. 965)

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 The famous painting by Jan Matejko depicts an event usually considered the beginning of Polish history. Completed in 1889, it is the first in Matejko’s series ‘The History of Civilization in Poland’. The Baptism of Poland was a turning point in the country’s history and culture. Matejko’s work reflects the state of historical knowledge about the event at the end of the 19th century. The painting contains many hidden meanings and symbols, which are discussed in the film. Matejko’s characters share the hopes and doubts they have with regard to this extraordinary event, while historians discuss various concepts concerning the beginnings of Polish statehood.

The Shuysky Tsars at the Warsaw Seym (Carowie Szujscy na sejmie warszawskim)

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This 1892 painting depicts a little-known event in Polish history when Tsar Vasily IV Shuysky, along with his brothers, paid tribute to the King of Poland, Sigismund III Vasa, following the defeat of Russian troops at the battle of Klushino, on July the 4th, 1610. This was an unprecedented victory for the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which then regained the strategically important fortress of Smoleńsk that it had lost in 1514. For centuries, the tribute was a thorn in the side of Russian Tsars, who sought to suppress all memory of the event and destroy the documentary evidence. Even today, this unwillingness to admit that Russia had once been humiliated by Poland continues to be the topic of a lively debate. Jan Matejko approached the subject twice: in 1853, when he was just 15, and a year before his death, when he did the oil sketch that the film brings to life.

 The touch of an angel (Dotknięcie anioła)

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A very personal, poetic memoir of a man – Henryk Schoenker, a son of the last leader of the Jewish Community in Oświęcim – who returns to the places where he found refuge as a Jewish boy during WWII. He finds his hiding places and bunkers still standing, bringing back horrific memories. The film emphasizes the role of Poles in saving persecuted Jews and indifference of the international community at large in the face of Nazi threats

FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL DOCUMENTARIES

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4:00 p.m.

ShortsEVIL DEEDS (Zle uczynki) by Piotr Domalewski (2016, 24 min.)FIRST (Pierwsze) by Monika Majorek (2015, 20 min.)WHAT I WANT (To, czego chc?) by Damian Kocur (2015, 30 min.)GRANDMA’S DAY (Dzie? babci) by Milosz Sakowski (2015, 30 min.)

 Evil deeds (Złe uczynki)

Max, a ten-year-old son of a hospital cleaner, has been caught trying to steal a patient’s wallet. The old pensioner decides not to report the theft and instead asks Max to complete three tasks. However, those turn out to be much more challenging than Max would ever expect.

First (Pierwsze)

First crush and first disappointments in the life of an 11-year-old Kid. During summer holidays the boy visits his grandfather in Ukraine. The film focuses on finding a connection between the world of adults and children through an intriguing relationship Kid has with an Ukrainian girl.

What I want (To, czego chcę)

Modern-day Silesia. Ariel is a 25-year old male whose entire life boils down to his beloved football team and his dog. For Karolina – a 20-year-old girl raising a small child by herself – the career of a cheerleader in one of the Silesian football clubs is an illusory chance for a better life. When these two meet each other, it leads to a clash of seemingly different desires, both rooted in solitude

Grandma’s day (Dzień babci)

Tomek needs money. He tries to pull a ‘grandparent scam’ on an elderly woman (Anna Dymna, one of the most acclaimed and popular Polish actresses). When it seems that everything is going according to plan, the woman suddenly exposes the scammer and locks him in her apartment. She has a deal for him.

GRANDMA’S DAY (Dzie? babci) by Milosz Sakowski (2015, 30 min.)

Tomek needs money. He tries to pull a ‘grandparent scam’ on an elderly woman. When it seems that everything is going according to plan, the woman suddenly exposes the scammer and locks him in her apartment. She has a deal for him.

FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL SHORTS

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6:00 p.m.

WILCZUR by Mateusz Kudla (2015, 13 min.) WALPURGIS NIGHT (Noc Walpurgi) by Marcin Bortkiewicz (2015, 74 min.)

Dr. Jacek E. Wilczur is one of the last Polish Nazi hunters. The 90-year-old former executor of the Home Army, sets off in the footsteps of his memories on a journey along with the director Mateusz Kudła, during which he speaks about the circumstances of the execution of death sentences to Nazis and the German agents, the search for hidden Nazi deposits and unusual discoveries made during his expedition to the underground city hollowed by the Nazis in the Owl Mountains (Góry Sowie).

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8:00 p.m.

THE STORY OF SWARM (ROJ) OR YOU HEAR BETTER UNDERGROUND   (Historia Roja czyli w ziemi lepiej slychac) by Jerzy Zalewski (2016, 135 min)

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A young journalist interviews an opera diva. During the night, full of comic, farcical and dramatic events, not devoid of sex, violence and tenderness, they will learn a certain truth about themselves that will make them completely re-evaluate their lives.

An acclaimed debut feature starring Polish-American actress Małgorzata Zajączkowska and Polish-French actor Philippe Tłokiński.

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