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!

See you at Kino OKO and thank you for being a film friend. OKO logo by Iza Turski.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Friday, September 21th at 7:30: BYOF (maybe)

About next few OKO sessions:

• SEPTEMBER: I'm having trouble to secure a Polish full feature film with English subtitles, so we will screen two very interesting short films, but... You can bring your own film and if the audience decides to see it, we will do so.  You can also communicate ahead of time via comment section below or via blog's  email (mailaleksblog at gmail.com - change 'at' to '@' and make it one word) if you have questions or title of film you want to bring...  In case nobody brings an alternative film we will see:

1.)  Maestro: Andres Bukowinski, his life and films, 2001, directed by Andrzej Bart (the author of the script for the film Rewers /Reverse) -  27 minutes documetary.  Born in Poland in 1940, Andres Bukowinski began his advertising career in Argentina, won numerous international awards for his commercials,  later moved to Brazil, and began reacquainting himself with Poland in the 90s. He made about 3000 ads and is often called the King of Commercials.

From Culture.pl: [...] In 2003, at the XV Polish Film Festival in Chicago, Bukowiński received the Wings Award for ‘outstanding achievements in the art of film beyond Poland’.  The organizer of the festival, Christopher Kamyszew, said of the decision:  The advertising films directed by Andrzej Bukowiński are small masterpieces of cinematic art, cinematic metaphors of the highest level.  He has made so much of them; he must be admired for his creativity and consequential art.  Calling Andrzej’s films advertisements is in some ways arbitrary.  They are both advertisements and artistic expressions of the existential philosophy of their creator.  [...]

In anticipation of an after film discussion here is a link to Wendy Mellilo article, titled: Is Advertising Art? that was posted in adweek in 2011.  It begins with those words:  Inside America’s largest museum complex, the untutored eye might assume the image of a woman adorned in a bright yellow dress, one white-gloved hand gripping a parasol, is something by an Impressionist. And after a cursory glance, the poem of love and longing printed beneath her could be confused with a Robert Browning work.

Not until one notices the words “Ivory soap” at the end of the poem does the work reveal itself—as a Procter & Gamble print ad. [...]

Most of the materials about Bukowinski are in Spanish or Polish, but below his most famous work of art titled  'Hitler' - an ad for the newspaper Folha de São Paolo -  it has been listed as ‘One of 40 World’s Best Commercials of the Century’, and another ad, titled 'O Mundo',  for the same newspaper -  in their English renditions:

2.) The Cathedral (Polish: Katedra) -  7 minutes 2002 short animated movie by Tomasz Bagiński, based on a science fiction short story by Jacek Dukaj, winner of the Janusz A. Zajdel Award in 2000. The film was nominated in 2002 for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film for the 75th Academy Awards. The film also won the title of Best Animated Short at Siggraph 2002 in San Antonio. About the plot, read here...

• OCTOBER is the month of Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF),  which hopefully will include 3 short films about local Polonia,  so no OKO screening unless we want to re-screen those 3 local films.

• NOVEMBER: a audience memebr Linda K. will present The Last Stage (Polish: Ostatni etap),  a 1947 Polish feature film directed and co-written by Wanda Jakubowska, depicting her experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.

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ATTENTION: Polish Film Club OKO is ready for adoption! Oko has existed in the current form since 2010, and was meant to promote Polish-themed film art in the Pacific Northwest through exposure, education and discussion - which is why all the films and dicussions took place in English.

OKO has its slot in Polish Home each 3rd Friday of the month from 7 pm, upstairs - ready for a new management and perhaps a new profile from December 2018.   If interested, please contact me - I'll be happy to continue this blog for the new OKO,  or make a link to your new blog. ola
(Update Feb'19: Thank you for all the years of running the club. The club has been "adopted" - Monika)

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