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WELCOME to Film Club OKO! WHERE
: POLISH CULTURAL CENTER, Upstairs •
1714 -18th Avenue • Seattle WA 98122. WHEN: THIRD FRIDAY of the month • 7:30 PM (usually, but check for details on each film) • Free admission

Our Mission: Polish Film Club OKO is a private discussion club, affiliated with the Polish Cultural Center in Seattle (a non-profit organization), and devoted to promoting Polish-themed film art in the Pacific Northwest through exposure, education and discussion - ALL FILMS HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
See you at Kino OKO and thank you for being a film friend. aleks in seattle. OKO logo by Iza Turski.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Importance of Voting your Heart out

Even if you don't plan to come and see the movie, PLEASE VOTE.

I'm getting considerable amount of pressure to choose movies for viewing, instead of putting them up for a vote.  As I'm reluctantly inching in that direction, I would at least like to be an informed leader/dictator (depending which part of of bossing you around you prefer), and know your general tastes in films:  Old? New?  Documentaries? Surprise Me?   So far I'm definitely not in sync, because I would never guess that 'Strike' would get majority of votes for September;  I put it up for vote because of the Solidarity round anniversary, but didn't think anybody would want to watch 2 documentaries in a row (our August film, "The Peretzniks" was also a documentary).

To help you vote I asked Asia in Poland (she is a film school graduate, and the author of the October OKO film choices) to share with us how she arrived at those four movies (from 309 Polish-themed films she looked up at  Scarecrow Video website).

Below is her response (English version google translated, slightly human-improved; why does google think 'Zurek' = 'Matthew Brown'?)
  
Truly yours,
- Future Benevolent Dictator
Enjoy:

Wybor dostępnych w Seattle polskich filmow jest dość ograniczony. Przeglądając liste od razu zwróciłam uwage na dwa doskonale obrazy Andrzeja Wajdy. Pierwszy to "Panny z Wilka" - piekny film wypełniony niezwykla atmosfera przemijania. W jednej ze scen występuje nawet sam Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz. Drugi z filmów to chyba jeden z moich ulubionych "Ziemia obiecana". Preferuje wersje serialową, dłuższą, ale wersja fabularna tez  zachwyca.

Po wytypowaniu tych tytułów pomyślałam, że kolejne dwa filmy jakie miałyby wziąć udział w glosowaniu powinny mieć zupełnie inny character i styl. Tak wiec klasyka starej, polskiej szkoły filmowej zestawiłam z dwoma opowieściami, które możnaby zaklasyfkowac jako kino społeczne lat 90 - "Dług" Krzysztofa Krauze oraz "Zurek" Ryszarda Brylskiego.

"Dług" uwielbiam za swietna kreacje Andrzeja Chyry i napięcie towarzyszące oglądaniu. "Zurek" jest zdecydowanie mniej  waznym dla mnie filmem jednak Katarzyna Figura w roli głównej robi wrazenie chyba na każdym.

Myśle, ze dzieki tak roznorodnemu zestawieniu filmow widzowie będą mieli alternatywe. To co wyróżnia Klub OKO i jest, moim zdaniem fantastyczne, to fakt, ze klub tworza ludzie nie poprzez posiadanie legitymacji, a wlasnie przez możliwość wyboru filmu. Nawet jeśli uczestnicy glosowania mają różna wrazliwosc i gust to jest to pole do wspaniałych konstruktywnych sporow i dyskusji.
Asia.

The choice of the Polish movies available in the Seattle is quite limited. Reviewing the list I immediately noticed two excellent Andrzej Wajda’s works. The first is "The Maids of Wilko" - a beautiful film filled with extraordinary atmosphere of transience. In one scene there is even an apparance the very Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz. The second film is probably one of my favorites, ever:  "The Promised Land". I prefer, the longer, TV series version, but the movie-theater version also delights the viewer.

After choosing these two titles, I thought that the next two films up for voting should have a completely different character and style. So I juxtaposed the classics of the old Polish Film School with two stories that could be classified social cinema of the 90s - "The Debt" by Krzysztof Krauze and “The White Soup” by Richard Brylski. I love "Debt" for the great creation of Andrew Chyra and the tension of the film.  "The White Soup" is far less important to me, however, Katarzyna Figura in the lead role makes an impression probably on everyone.

I think that with such a diverse choice of movies the viewers will have alternatives. What distinguishes the OKO Club and is, in my opinion, fantastic, is the fact that the people forming the club  do so not by having a membership card, but through  the power of choice of the film. Even if the voting members have different sensitivities and tastes it creates a room for an excellent, constructive debate and discussion.
Asia.