Polish Nobel Prize–winner Władysław Reymont’s novel is given a startling immediacy in Wajda’s vibrant adaptation, a film regularly counted among the greatest Polish films ever made. The Promised Land is set in 19th-century Łódź, just then becoming a major manufacturing center, where three friends decide to ride the industrial wave by pooling their resources and establishing a modern textile factory. Their gambit is successful beyond their dreams, but it extracts a high price from each of them. An analysis of masculine friendship and a nation fitfully heading towards modernity, The Promised Land is also a lament for a multicultural Poland.
Please note that all screenings of this film will take place in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.