Based on Alfred Jarry’s late 19th-century, proto-Dada political satire Ubu Roi, Szulkin’s final film is an outrageous, carnivalesque commentary on post-Communist Poland in which drunken degenerate Ubu (Jan Peszek) seizes control of the monarchy in a supposedly “democratic” takeover (his signature policy: universal free beer) only to institute his own absurdist, tragicomic reign of terror. Updating Jarry’s iconoclastic vision with a fresh dose of dark, post-Soviet cynicism, King Ubu is an incendiary summative statement from an artist who devoted his career to lobbing grenades at the machinery of totalitarian political corruption.
New digital restoration · U.S. Premiere
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