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Polish Cinema for Beginners: "Gospel According to Harry"

America in the early 1990s, or rather a surrealist space of the Californian desert, with scattered furniture, computers and household appliances. This is where Wes (a young Viggo Mortensen) lives with his wife Karen (Jennifer Rubin), who is trying to persuade her husband to enlarge their family. Her mother (Rita Tushingham) comes to support her daughter, then Harry (Jack Kehoe), a tax clerk with a number of questions about the Wes’s tax return. This is just the beginning of strange events that director Lech Majewski, filmmaker, painter and writer, one of the most original Polish artists, set on Wes in the movie. Majewski’s rich metaphorical visual language, typical for his films, absurd humour and the music of an Oscar laureate, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, stand out in Gospel According to Harry. Made in collaboration with David Lynch’s studio, this independent production began Viggo Mortensen’s great career.

Directed by: Lech Majewski, 1994, 88’
Guest: The director Lech Majewski
02.11.2017 (Thursday), 20.00, Kino Nowe Horyzonty
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ABOUT PCfB:
With the beginning of October starts the 9th season of Polish Cinema for Beginners - a series of film screenings and discussions, which for five years to date has been presenting the most interesting works of Polish cinema to the residents of Wrocław, no matter where they are coming from (it is traditionally held in English). At the beginning of the year, we did an edition called Polish Cities, where we brought to the international crowds the film portraits of Polish cities - from Łódź, through Wrocław, to Poznań - this time we will see how Polish filmmakers see the world abroad. In the edition called Poland Abroad, we will present five films that will be arranged as a journey along the paths of Polish cinema all over the world. From Wajda to Polański, we will take a look at how Polish filmmakers find themselves in the international cinematography and how do they describe the world out there.

The review will be opened by the digitally reconstructed Danton by the great Andrzej Wajda, made in France with the memorable, title role of Gérard Depardieu. For the closing, a film by Roman Polański, the most internationally known Polish filmmaker, The Ghost Writer, with a splendid acting duel between Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor. In the meantime, we will take a closer look at how younger filmmakers tell us about the world: Dariusz Gajewski's Strange Heaven will show us the fate of a Polish family in Sweden, and in Imagine by Andrzej Jakimowski, we will see a unique portrait of the Portuguese capital. We will also go to the United States, where Lech Majewski made his poetic film Gospel According to Harry, with the first important role of Viggo Mortensen.

The screenings will be accompanied by lectures and discussions, held in English, with the invited guests: filmmakers and experts, who will introduce the audience to the context of the films. Therefore, on Autumn Thursdays, let's set out on a journey following the footsteps of Polish filmmakers abroad - at 8 pm in the New Horizons Cinema.

Polish Cinema for Beginners is brought to you by Wrocławska Fundacja Filmowa.
For more information about the project go to www.polishcinema.com.pl
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