Polish Film Club OKO presents: POWIDOKI (Afterimages), a 2016 film by Andrzej Wajda
Drama, Biography, 98 minutes, Polish with English subtitles
Powidoki is the final film by the great Polish director, Andrzej Wajda, and a story about another great Polish artist, an avant-garde painter and art theoretician, Władysław Strzemiński. The film covers the post-war period of Strzeminski’s life who, in the Stalinist era of social realism and art’s servitude to the collective, dares to believe in artist’s autonomy and abstract act. Despite his fame, communist past, and a war hero status, Strzeminski’s refusal to compromise leads to his persecution, dismissal from his professorial position, and erasure from the museums’ walls. De-credentialed as an artist, he is unable to continue his work. The story of Strzeminski becomes the story of Polish artists, their struggle to maintain artistic integrity and their resistance against intellectual tyranny. It is worth noting that Wajda selects for the film the music of another great Polish artist of this era, a modernist composer, Sir Andrzej Panufnik, who chose a different path and defected from Poland to the United Kingdom frustrated by the very same climate of socialist realism that ruined Strzeminski.
The screenplay is written by Andrzej Mularczyk, a renowned Polish writer and screenwriter and it is titled after one of Strzeminski’s artistic theories.
“Looking at an object, we receive its reflection in our eye. The trace of an object. Because a person can only really see what he is aware of.”
Cast: Bogusław Linda, Bronisława Zamachowska, Zofia Wichlacz, Krzysztof Pieczynski
7 pm socializing & film intro, 7:30 pm screening
Free admission; restaurant downstairs will be open
Polish Film Club OKO is a private discussion club, affiliated with the Polish Cultural Center, and devoted to promoting Polish-themed film art in the Pacific Northwest through exposure, education and discussion. Club meets on third Friday of the month. Club’s official website.
ALL FILMS HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES. All welcome!