Tonight marks the opening of “Transitions: Recent Polish Cinema,” an exploration of the films of modern Poland presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center in collaboration with the Polish Film Institute in Warsaw and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York. This series offers up provocative work by veteran and newcomers alike that seeks to capture the ever-changing face of “New Poland.” Here are a few highlights:
A selection at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Jan Komasa’s Suicide Room (screens tonight and Wednesday) follows a wealthy and popular teenage boy whose humiliation after kissing another boy on a dare leads him to a dark corner of the internet obsessed with suicide. The director will be in person at tonight’s 6:45pm screening.
Hotly debated in Poland, Katarzyna Roslaniec’s debut feature Mall Girls (screens Saturday and Sunday) focuses on a group of young girls who who trade sex and companionship for expensive clothing and makeup at their local mall. The director will be in person at the 7:10pm screening on Saturday.
In addition to the new films the series will present two beautifully restored Polish classics starring the great Zbigniew Cybulski, Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s post-war masterpiece Night Train (1959) and Janusz Morgenstern’s timeless love story Goodbye Until Tomorrow (1960).
All screenings are in our Walter Reade Theater. Visit the series page for descriptions of all the films and ticket information, including the chance to save on a three-film pass!