This September, Film at Lincoln Center is pleased to celebrate one of Poland’s most visionary filmmakers. Piotr Szulkin (1950-2018) was a director, screenwriter, novelist, theatrical director, and painter whose profoundly imaginative works rendered 20th-century philosophy and Polish medieval literature through speculative fiction, noir, and grotesque allegories. Best known for his tetralogy of wildly iconoclastic sci-fi movies—Golem (1979), The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981), O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization (1985), and Ga-ga: Glory to Heroes (1986)—Szulkin regularly faced censorship from the Communist regime of the late ’70s and early ’80s for his unabashedly political works. Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin offers a selection of new digital restorations and imported film prints; whether viewed as existential tales, absurdist parables, or premonitions about modern society’s hostility and the evils of totalitarianism, they continue to resonate with chilling truth about humankind. Presented in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Organized by Florence Almozini, Tyler Wilson, and Tomek Smolarski (Polish Cultural Institute New York)
New digital restorationSzulkin’s bold debut feature, styled in sepia tones and dramatic lighting, has been called a precursor to Blade Runner, but its title also looks back to a more ancient myth of creation and morality. Screening with the short The Gal and the Fiend.
New digital restoration · U.S. PremiereBased on Alfred Jarry’s incendiary, proto-Dada political satire, Szulkin’s final film is an outrageous, carnivalesque commentary on post-Communist Poland in which a drunken degenerate seizes control of the government in a supposedly “democratic” takeover.
New digital restorationThis Sisyphean journey into madness unfolds in a postapocalyptic underground bunker where what remains of civilization is a step away from total collapse—and only one man can save it.
New digital restorationOBEY: sinister, hyperintelligent martians want your allegiance—and your blood—in this disturbingly prescient allegory of power, control, and media manipulation in a post-truth world.
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