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Minneapolis St Paul Film Society hosts classics of Polish cinema, August 8-31

Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
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Thanks to the organizational skills and curation of legendary director Martin Scorsese, a series of classic movies from the Polish cinematic canon will be shown at The Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival during the period 8-31 August. Due to the partnership between PACIM and the Twin Cities Polish Film Festival, local viewers can brace themselves for a Slavic treat on the silver screen.

The St Anthony Main theatre will host the 21 film retrospective, during which Polish auteur Krysztof Zanussi will appear on August 14 to discuss his three classics: The Illumination (1972), Camouflage (1976), and The Constant Factor (1980).

Zanussi, a 75 year-old native of Warsaw, is also famed for his 1981 biopic of the most famous Pole of the twentieth century: Karol Wojtyla, better known as Pope John Paul II. Coming at a time when Poland was at the forefront of European and international news, with the concurrent rise of Lech Walesa's Solidarity trades union movement, Zanussi's From a Far Country documents a man who would go on to be pivotal during his native country's last years under the Soviet yoke.

The movies span the years 1957-1987, enabling local audiences to check out the cream of Polish cinematic talent during this thirty year period of The Cold War. Each film has been digitally re-mastered thanks to the largesse of Scorsese’s production company, The Film Foundation. In addition to opening a window to cinema in Cold War Eastern Europe, viewers will be able to take a peep at the artists who have influenced Martin Scorsese over the course of his career.

Prices are $10 general admission, $9 for students and seniors and $8 for film society members. For more information, check out the MSP Film site