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Wed, 10.04.2024

Film projection
Museum of Warsaw
free admission

Documentaries About Warsaw: Portrait of the City | Timeless Film Festival Warsaw

Documentaries About Warsaw: Portrait of the City | Timeless Film Festival Warsaw

As part of the Timeless Film Festival Warsaw, in the Framing the City section, we will show five short films that illustrate changes in everyday life and culture in Warsaw from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Warsaw has fascinated filmmakers not only as a capital but, above all, as a place of constant change. By the efforts of thousands of people raised from the ruins, in which new life began to blossom just after the war. A mosaic composed of colors and sounds, history and future, a city surprising, full of possibilities, sometimes dangerous, always inspiring.

After the screening, we will talk about the pros and cons of rebuilding the city, the everyday problems of its inhabitants in the mid-20th century, and the culture and subcultures of that Warsaw. The discussion will be led by Błażej Brzostek – historian, researcher of social history and the history of cities, author of books.

Free admission. Entrance tickets for all screenings on a given day will be available one hour before the start of the first screening of that day. A maximum of two entrance tickets per screening can be collected.

The screening will be in Polish with English subtitles.

Accessibility: people with mobility disabilities

From Wanderings in Warsaw

Antoni Nowosielski, Stanisław Rogowicz, 8 min, 1932, Poland

From the splendor of the Old Town to the hustle and bustle of the Kercelak market: a sentimental journey to the pre-war capital.

Warsaw Suite

Tadeusz Makarczyński, 18 min, 1946, Poland

A poetic portrayal of the city: from the ruins to the first postwar spring. An exceptional documentary featuring music by Witold Lutosławski, showcased at the Cannes Film Festival and in a special screening for President Truman at the White House.

People of the Vacant Area

Kazimierz Karabasz, Władysław Ślesicki, 15 min, 1957, Poland

A collective portrait of teenagers from the Praga district, grappling with boredom and a lack of prospects. A masterful sociological observation and a key film of the “Black Series” of Polish documentaries.

A Walk in the Old City Warsaw

Andrzej Munk, 18 min, 1958, Poland

Blending documentary with poetic fiction: a music school student (played by Julia, daughter of Julian Przyboś) strolls through the Old Town amidst a trail of sounds.

Julian Przyboś was a Polish poet, essayist and translator, one of the most important poets of the Kraków Avant-Garde.

Not Just on Fashion

Maria Kwiatkowska, 17 min, 1965, Poland

Clothes from the Różycki bazaar, eccentric hairstyles, coffee from espresso machines in trendy bars, and a Karin Stanek concert. A leading Polish documentary filmmaker offers a humorous and detached look at the Western aspirations of Warsaw residents in the 1960s.

Karin Stanek was a Polish rock and roll and beat music singer, a member of the band Czerwono-Czarni, and referred to as one of the symbols of Polish beat music.

Descriptions: Jakub Demiańczuk

More information about Timeless Film Festival Warsaw: timelessfilmfestival.pl

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