In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first free parliamentary elections in Poland, the Museum of the Moving Image’s all-digital series Ways to Freedom: Polish Film and the Rise of Democracy offers a program of over a dozen films (some of them shorts) that doubles as an in-depth account of recent Polish history. Andrzej Wajda, perhaps the country’s preeminent filmmaker, is represented here with a screening of his 1981 Man of Iron (November 16); another highlight is Ryszard Bugajski’s 1989 Interrogation (November 14), which attacks Poland’s Stalin years so frankly that it was banned from public viewing for nearly a decade. Tonight’s opening-night event, meanwhile, enticingly pairs a showing of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s towering Blind Chance (1987) with an introduction from Kieslowski scholar Annette Insdorf (author of Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski).
Nov. 13-23, 7 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 19, 2014