Essential cinema back on the big screen. Beginning Sunday August 10 we’ll be showing Masterpieces of Polish Cinema through the good graces of Martin Scorsese and the Poles. The series will begin with ASHES and DIAMONDS.

Martin Scorsese presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

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Series ongoing in both Rhinebeck and Woodstock
(Poland/1950s into the 1980s)
“In 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the Polish National Film School in Łódź, Poland, at the invitation of the great director, Andrzej Wajda. It was a trip I had wanted to make for years as I had long been drawn to the school and to Polish cinema from the time I was a film student at NYU, studying under my teacher and mentor, Haig Manoogian. It was at NYU—a school modeled after the legendary film program at Łódź – that I learned not just how films are made, but why.The school nurtured in me an unshakable belief in artistic expression grounded in Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, the surreptitious poetry of the old Hollywood masters, and Polish cinema: the great, sweeping, humanistic, intimate and profound movies that were an integral part of what, looking back, seems more and more like a golden age of international cinema.”

 There are many revelations in the “Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” series and whether you’re familiar with some of these films or not, it’s an incredible opportunity to discover for yourself the great power of Polish cinema, on the big screen in brilliantly restored digital masters. — Martin Scorsese

“… This is a cinema of personal vision, social commitment and poetic responsibility from which we’ve all learned and which sets a high standard that, as a filmmaker, I strive to achieve with every film, every time out. Each of the films in this special series embodies what Wajda called “the ‘impertinent freedom of creativity in the cinema” These are films that have great emotional and visual power—they’re “serious” films that, with their depth, stand up to repeated viewings. The subtext of great conflict and cultural identity is universal, even if you don’t know the history of Poland, the themes in these films will resonate, as they did profoundly for me. There are many revelations in the “Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” series and whether you’re familiar with some of these films or not, it’s an incredible opportunity to discover for yourself the great power of Polish cinema, on the big screen in brilliantly restored digital masters. I hope you will enjoy these great films as much I do.Thanks to The Film Foundation and Milestone Films in the United States, and Propaganda Foundation, DI Factory and KinoRP in Poland for making this magnificent series possible.”
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A Short Film About Killing

Sept 7
Sunday 8:30
(Poland / 1987 / Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski)
Unrated / 86 mins.
On a somber March day, the paths of three men cross: the cabbie Marian cleans his car, the lawyer Piotr celebrates passing his bar exam while in the same café, 20-year-old Jacek prepares his murder weapon.
The film is a psychological and ethical study of murder. A sensation at the Cannes film festival and recipient of numerous awards, A Short Film About Killing opened the door to an international career for director, Krzysztof Kieślowski. 1990 Bodil Awards – winner. 1988 Cannes Film Festival – FIPRESCI Prize, Jury Prize winner, Palme d’Or – nomination. 1988 European Film Awards – European Film Award – winner. 1990 French Syndicate of Cinema Critics – Critics Award – winner. 1988 Polish Film Festival – Golden Lions – winner. 1990 Robert Festival – winner.
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Man of Iron

In Rhinebeck 
Sept 10
Wed 3:00
(Poland / 1981 / Directed by Andrzej Wajda)
Unrated / 154 mins.
A masterful story about the limitations of the press coupled with real footage of the Solidarity movement strikes. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award®, Man of Iron expands on the plot of its predecessor, Man of Marble.
It examines the events leading to one of the most crucial historical events of the 20th century. The movie was produced in haste at the express wish of the shipyard workers (with the use of their own archives) to support their strike. It features, among others, future Nobel Prize Winner and Polish President Lech Wałęsa as himself, and captures the passion, tragedy and anxiety of the times. 1981 Cannes Film Festival – Palme d’Or – winner, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – winner. 1981 Chicago IFF – Gold Hugo – winner. 1982 Academy Awards®, USA – Oscar® – nomination. 1982 César Awards, France – César – nomination. 1982 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain – CEC Award – winner. 1982 London Critics Circle Film Awards – ALFS Award – winner. 1982 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Special Award – winner, NYFCC 2nd Award.
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