University of Pittsburgh
January 25, 2005

Pitt to Present Polish Film Festival Feb. 13-27

"Through Polish Eyes 2005" will showcase contemporary Polish films and the Pittsburgh visit of two young actors featured in them
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PITTSBURGH—The Polish Program of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Russian and East European Studies will present "Through Polish Eyes 2005," a festival of contemporary Polish films, all of which are Pittsburgh premiers, from Feb. 13 through Feb. 27. A representative sampling of current Polish cinema, including slapstick comedy, mystery and suspense, action drama, and biting social satire, will be shown.

"Polish cinema of the past four years continues to prove to be one of the most vital cinemas in all of Europe, one of the few native cinema industries that is successfully holding its own against Hollywood," said Lisa DiBartolomeo, Pitt adjunct professor and festival director.

All films are in Polish with English subtitles and will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the seventh-floor auditorium of Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., with the exception of the Feb. 25 and 26 screenings scheduled for the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

In addition, there will be an opening and closing reception followed by two others held in honor of Rafal Krolikowski and Agata Buzek, two actors featured in the films. A reception for Krolikowski will follow the Feb. 19 Alumni Hall screening of Superproduction (Superprodukcja, 2002), and Buzek's reception will follow the Feb. 20 Alumni Hall screening of Revenge (Zemsta, 2002). Buzek appears in Revenge, and Krolikowski appears in Superproduction, Revenge, and The Body.

Tickets are $5 general admission or $2 for students. On reception nights, tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for students.

Screening dates and films are:

Feb. 13—Pornography (Pornografia, 2003), directed by Jan Jakub Kolski, and opening night reception

Alumni Hall

Feb. 18—The Weather for Tomorrow (Pogoda na jutro, 2003), directed by Jerzy Stuhr

Alumni Hall

Feb. 19—Superproduction (Superprodukcja, 2002), directed by Juliusz Machulski and Jaroslaw Sokol, and reception for Krolikowski

Alumni Hall

Feb. 20—Revenge (Zemsta, 2002), directed by Andrzej Wajda, and reception for Buzek

Alumni Hall

Feb. 25—The Body (Cialo, 2003), directed by Tomasz Konecki and Andrzej Saramonowicz

Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Feb. 26—Keep Away from the Window (Daleko od okna, 2000), directed by Jan Jakub Kolski

Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Feb. 27—Sour Soup (Zurek, 2003), directed by Ryszard Brylski, and closing reception

Alumni Hall

Detailed information on each film can be found at

Festival sponsors are Pitt's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Russian and East European Studies Program, Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, and Polish Studies Program, as well as the Polish Cultural Institute of New York, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, LOT Polish Airlines, and Adamba International Import Foods.