Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema - ENCORE Presentation

Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema - ENCORE Presentation

Poland, 2013

Coming March 5 - 8!

Presenting 5 of the best films from the last series and 3 new films!

In December 2011, filmmaker Martin Scorsese traveled to Poland to accept an honorary doctoral degree from The Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School in Lódz. There, Mr. Scorsese met with Jedrzej Sablinski and reviewed a list of new digital restorations of Polish films. In the months following this visit, with the help of The Film Foundation, the two men came up with the idea of a North American tour of a series of restored Polish cinema classics. From an extensive catalogue of digitally restored films, Mr. Scorsese chose 21 masterpieces. Milestone will be touring the 21-film retrospective Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema throughout North America.

Premiering in New York City at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on February 5th, 2014, the series features films from some of Poland’s most accomplished and lauded filmmakers, spanning the period from 1957–1987. Curated by Mr. Scorsese, each film has been digitally re-mastered and brilliantly restored on newly subtitled DCPs. The program was created and organized by Mr. Scorsese’s non-profit organization, The Film Foundation.

Films and Events in Program...

  • Polish: Knife in the Water

    Polish: Knife in the Water

    Poland , 1962 , 94 min. New Digital Restoration! The generation gap widens when a married couple picks up a teenage hitchhiker. The husband is intoxicated with his own success of being a self made man. The couple invites the young passenger on board their boat, primarily for the man to show off his material posse... more
  • Polish: Provincial Actors

    Polish: Provincial Actors

    Poland , 1979 , 121 min. New Digital Restoration! Krzysztof, a leading actor in a provincial theater troupe, locks horns with the director of a politically charged play. At home, he faces a crumbling marriage as his puppeteer wife, Anka, grows impatient with his ego and need to become a star. For her first feature... more
  • Polish: The Hour-Glass Sanatorium

    Polish: The Hour-Glass Sanatorium

    Poland , 1973 , 125 min.
    Director: Wojciech Has New Digital Restoration! Magic, dreams, a manor in decay. The Hour-Glass Sanatorium is one of the most original and beautiful films in Polish cinema – a visionary, artistic, poetic reflection on the nature of time and the irreversibility of death. The screenplay is an adaptation of ... more
  • Polish: Man of Iron

    Polish: Man of Iron

    Poland , 1981 , 154 min.
    Director: Andrzej Wajda New Digital Restoration! Wajda’s Palme d’Or-winning, Oscar®-nominated masterpiece follows the workers’ strike in Gdansk in August 1980 that led to the formation of the Solidarity trade union.... more
  • Polish: Walkover

    Polish: Walkover

    Poland , 1965 , 77 min. New Digital Restoration! In the second of four autobiographical features, writer/director/actor Skolimowski (Deep End) plays a fictional version of himself: a working class outsider who becomes a boxer at the factory where he is employed. Moody and gritty, Skolimowski takes a hard l... more
  • Polish: Night Train

    Polish: Night Train

    Poland , 1959 , 99 min.
    Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz New Digital Restoration! A subtle game of emotions between two travelers – changing from mutual aversion to closeness without hope of a future – plays out amidst the human microcosm of a night train.... more
  • Polish: Mother Joan of Angels

    Polish: Mother Joan of Angels

    Poland , 1960 , 111 min.
    Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz New Digital Restoration! A young, virtuous exorcist is sent to a mysterious monastery inhabited by beautiful nuns supposedly possessed by demons in this thrilling and philosophical portrait of human vice. Highlighted by stunning black and white photography and unsettling, otherworldy loca... more
  • Polish: Ashes and Diamonds

    Polish: Ashes and Diamonds

    Poland , 1958 , 104 min.
    Director: Andrzej Wajda New Digital Restoration! A classic of world cinema from one of Poland’s most well known directors, Ashes and Diamonds is set on the last day of World War II and the first day of peace. A young Polish resistance soldier reaches a crossroads when Nazi rule is replaced by a communist r... more
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