1714 -18th Avenue • Seattle WA 98122. WHEN: THIRD FRIDAY of the month • Screening at 7:30 PM (social gathering at 7:00 PM) • 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. OKO logo by Iza Turski.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Friday, September 20 at 7:30: WOŁYŃ by Wojciech Smarzowski (2016)

Wołyń (Volhynia / Hatred)
Directed by Wojciech Smarzowski
Poland, 2016
Drama / History / War
150 minutes
Polish with English subtitles

"About love in inhuman times", the film is set in the 1939-1943 time frame and its central theme is the ethnic tension that rearises among the local Polish and Ukrainian community amidst the German and Russian invasions. Zosia, a Polish girl in love with a Ukrainian boy, tries to survive the massacre. The screenplay was based on the collection of short stories titled Hate (Polish: Nienawiść) by Stanisław Srokowski. The film received 9 Polish Film Academy Awards, Orły (Eagles), in 2017, and 3 Złote Lwy Awards (Golden Lions) at the 41st Gdynia Film Festival.

"What makes it tough is that the terror is brought to you by the people you know well, your next door neighbors, your spouse or even your brother." (ktrelski https://www.imdb.com/review/rw3577643/?ref_=rw_urv)

Cast: Michalina Łabacz, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Wasyl Wasylik, Adrian Zaremba 


OCTOBER is the month of Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF), so there will be no OKO screening in October. See you in November!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Friday, June 21 at 7:30: U PANA BOGA ZA PIECEM by Jacek Bromski (1998)

U Pana Boga za piecem (In Heaven as it is on Earth)
Directed by Jacek Bromski
Poland, 1998
96 minutes
Polish with English subtitles

A feel-good film about life in a small, quiet Polish village near the eastern border in the 1990s, where everyone knows everyone else. A good combination of boy-meets-girl, humor, suspense, and a little action, when a lovely Russian girl arrives at the scene as a consequence of a bus robbery. The feel of the small Polish village ruled by the local parish priest is practically palpable. This heart-warming comedy won several awards at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia in 1998, including an audience award, best director, screenplay, supporting actor, and sound.

Cast: Jan Wieczorkowski, Ira Łaczina, Krzysztof Dzierma, Andrzej Zaborski

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Film club OKO will be on vacation all summer - no films till September. have a great summer!


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Friday, May 17 at 7:30: POWIDOKI by Andrzej Wajda (2016)

Powidoki (Afterimages)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda
Poland, 2016
Drama, Biography
98 minutes
Polish with English subtitles

Powidoki is the final film by the great Polish director, Andrzej Wajda, and a story about another great Polish artist, an avant-garde painter and art theoretician, Władysław Strzemiński. The film covers the post-war period of Strzeminski’s life who, in the Stalinist era of social realism and art’s servitude to the collective, dares to believe in artist’s autonomy and abstract art. Despite his fame, communist past, and a war hero status, Strzeminski’s refusal to compromise leads to his persecution, dismissal from his professorial position, and erasure from the museums’ walls. De-credentialed as an artist, he is unable to continue his work. The story of Strzeminski becomes the story of Polish artists, their struggle to maintain artistic integrity and their resistance against intellectual tyranny. It is worth noting that Wajda selects for the film the music of another great Polish artist of this era, a modernist composer, Sir Andrzej Panufnik, who chose a different path and defected from Poland to the United Kingdom frustrated by the very same climate of socialist realism that ruined Strzeminski.
The screenplay is written by Andrzej Mularczyk, a renowned Polish writer and screenwriter and it is titled after one of Strzeminski’s artistic theories.

“Looking at an object, we receive its reflection in our eye. The trace of an object. Because a person can only really see what he is aware of.”

Bogusław Linda, Bronisława Zamachowska, Zofia Wichlacz, Krzysztof Pieczynski            

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday, April 26 at 7:30: Audience Choice - ROSE by Wojciech Smarzowski (2011)

Between March 15 and April 6, you - the audience - have a chance to decide on the next movie (all with English subtitles). Follow this link for film titles, short descriptions, and to vote:


And the winner is - or rather are - with the identical number of votes: Róża and Tatarak

Róża (Rose)
Directed by Wojciech Smarzowski
Poland, 2011
Drama, War
90 minutes
Polish with English subtitles

Winner of 6 Polish Film Academy awards, Orły (Eagles), for the best film, director, screenplay, actress, supporting actor, and music score, and the winner of the audience choice award. The film is set in the post-war Mazury region, a border territory, which becomes part of Poland as a result of the Potsdam Agreement after World War II. The tensions of long and complicated history of the region inhabited over the years by Mazurians, Poles, and Germans, further devasted by the war, Soviet soldiers, resettlement drama, and the new, socialist reality, serve as a backdrop for the developing emotional tie between Rose, a Masurian woman and a widow of a German soldier, and Tadeusz, a former officer in the Polish Home Army. The tale of survival, love, and complicated identity, full of violence, at times perhaps difficult to watch, is told through the muted coloring of the lens by cinematographer Piotr Sobocinski Jr. and accentuated by composer Mikolaj Trzaska’s score.

“The film's basic plot is a story about love - tough and built on ruins” (Smarzowski)
“A harrowing tale of survival” (IMDb)
"Almost unbearably brutal yet hauntingly romantic” (Variety).
"From a moral point of view Róża is a Western crammed with violence but filmed without complacency” (Krakow Post)

Cast: Marcin Dorocinski, Agata Kulesza, Kinga Preis, Jacek Braciak, Malwina Buss, Marian Dziedziel, Edward Linde-Lubaszenko