“Everybody conforms just like, well, you and me”, says Docent Jakub Szelestowski to his younger assistant Jarek Kruszyński at linguistic camp. Jarek is an idealist who soon discovers not only how corrupted and pretentious the intellectual community is but also that he himself is not free of hypocrisy. The flagship film of the Cinema of Moral Anxiety, with an outstanding performance by Zbigniew Zapasiewicz as modern Mephistopheles. Though set in the Polish People’s Republic, the film has proven unive...
A Lonely Woman
Irena is a single postwoman. Appalling living conditions, inhu- man neighbour alcoholic who wants to take over her apartment and tedious commuting are only some of her everyday problems. Worst still is loneliness she’s condemned to as a mother of an il- legitimate child. Irena develops feelings towards a disabled man on the dole. Both are trainwrecks desperate for a bit of love, but their relationship comes to a tragic end.
Pearl In The Crown
Mid-1930s Silesia. Jaś has a wife and two little sons and works in an unprofitable coal mine to beshut down. A strike breaks out. Families help strikers despite the police surrounding the site.Petitions to the government are to no avail, and coal mine managers remain adamant, so workers go on a hunger strike. As a result, the police brutally pacifies the demonstration, but miners are determined enough to issue one more demand.
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Andrzej has just quit Ichthyology studies. One day, he wakes up early in the morning, leaves his girlfriend asleep and stands before a military draft commission. He demands to be immediately drafted to learn the adult life. With a draft card in his hand and a few hours of civilian life to spare, he makes an unsuccessful attempt to tie up all loose ends. The first part of a trilogy about the fate of a young generation and Skolimowski’s feature directing debut edited from student films he made during his e...