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.

ATTENTION FEBRUARY 2019: OKO's mission changed to promote survival of the Polish language among the immigrants: we will still strive to show films with the English subtitles, but it's no longer a major priority. Watch each post for the info on whether the subtitles are provided. We hope you continue to enjoy the Polish Films!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

July 21, 2010 • Wednesday
7:30 pm

Wszystko na Sprzedaz

Elzbieta Czyzewska, a great star of Polish movies and television of the 1960s, died on June 17, 2010 in New York. Film Club OKO presents 1969 film 'Everything for Sale' as a tribute to her.

Here is a video-clip from the movie 'Wszystko na sprzedaz' (this clip is in Polish only, but you can see the actress; Club OKO version has English subtitles).

Here is a link to New York Times 6/18/2010 obituary for Elzbieta Czyzewska.
Here is a link to Nowy Dziennik 7/15/2010 article 'A Step into one filmmaker's reality'.
Here is a link to Gazeta Wyborcza 7/12/2010 article (in Polish) 'Elzbieta Czyzewska'.

Inspired by the tragic death of the great Polish actor Zbigniew Cybulski, the film focuses on behind-the-scenes lives of a director and his actors when they are disrupted by the mysterious death of their leading man.

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Starring: Elzbieta Czyzewska, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Daniel Olbrychski, Malgorzata Potocka

Year: 1969. Run 94 minutes. In Polish with English subtitles.

7/25: This is the first time I saw the movie and overall i liked it very much, and found many scenes simply breathtaking; was also really impressed how ahead of time it was: everything for sale in 1968? In totalitarian Poland? And I thought life only recently became disgustingly too much about money.

The Poland I lived in 1968 was different than that of the movie: more gray, and nobody I knew trashing about in cars and helicopters, self-absorbed as the characters of the film. Does that matter or not?

So I wonder how 'ethnic' the movie actually is: would the average westerner realize the characters were 'above' the rest of us, part of some some art-financial elite of the time? Would they take the prattling of the characters seriously without knowing that the film was inspired by the actual death of Zbigniew Cybulski, especially that the death 'happens' in the film close to the end? Would they understand that some seemingly empty dialogs were unscripted, therefore really 'human', because the actors literally played themselves and their own reactions to the accidental death of their colleague?

How much knowledge of these facts helps in understanding of the movie? Unfortunately I mentioned none of this in the intro, thinking the film was self-explanatory, but maybe it wasn't, because when i rushed with filling the cultural context after the movie I saw several heads nodding with an 'aha' expression on their faces: as if they guessed what it was about, but liked their thoughts to be filled in with facts obscure from today's general knowledge...
We had 20 people attending, a bit too much for the library room: it was crowded and hot with head craning required from some corners... Note to self: prepare for screening in the big room, with a screen; we can always retreat to library if less than 10 people show up.

Friday, June 25, 2010

June 16, 2010 • Wednesday, 7:30 pm

'The lost Requiem'

Polish Film Club OKO invites everyone to the screening of the documentary "The Lost Requiem" by Khosrow Sinai (DVD 1980, 80 minutes. In Farsi with English subtitles)

The film tells the story of the World War 2 era Poles coming to Persia from the Soviet gulag camps in Siberia. The filmmaker follows the life of several individuals, while describing the general fate of several hundred thousand former Polish prisoners. Introduction: Roxanne Emadi; discussion after the film.


It turned out to be rather large 'club' - there is obviously a hunger for this kind of information, because we had the house packed. Several former Siberian exiles came, some of their family, friends and many people simply interested in the stories of people deported to Siberia during the WW2. While the fate of the people whose lands were occupied by Hitler is generally well known, because it was part of the larger war narrative of fighting fascism, the fate of the people deported to Stalin gulags only now is reaching general consciousness.

Roxanne Emadi, a young American journalist of Polish and Persian descent did wonderful, very moving introduction about the director and how the film came to existence.

We finished evening with discussion about the film around potluck offerings, consisting mainly of Persian type treats - sweets and fruits, probably similar to those Polish Siberian exiles were greeted with upon arrival to Persia in 1942.