Friday, September 20: Wołyń (Volhynia / Hatred), a 2016 film by Wojciech Smarzowski
Drama / History / War, 150 minutes, Polish with English subtitles
“About love in inhuman times”, the film is set in the 1939-1943 time frame and its central theme is the ethnic tension that rearises among the local Polish and Ukrainian community amidst the German and Russian invasions. Zosia, a Polish girl in love with a Ukrainian boy, tries to survive the massacre. The screenplay was based on the collection of short stories titled Hate (Polish: Nienawiść) by Stanisław Srokowski. The film received 9 Polish Film Academy Awards, Orły (Eagles), in 2017, and 3 Złote Lwy Awards (Golden Lions) at the 41st Gdynia Film Festival.
“What makes it tough is that the terror is brought to you by the people you know well, your next door neighbors, your spouse or even your brother.”
Cast: Michalina Łabacz, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Wasyl Wasylik, Adrian Zaremba
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. Free admission. All welcome!
Important! OCTOBER is the month of Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF), so there will be no OKO screening in October. See you in November!