Welcome


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.

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.
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Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday, April 26 at 7:30: Audience Choice (vote)


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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T5YSYKJ 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Friday, March 15 at 7:30: Volta, 2017 by Juliusz Machulski



Volta 
Directed by Juliusz Machulski
Poland, 2017
Comedy, Crime caper
105 minutes
Polish with English subtitles

Plot: Bruno Volta, a spin-doctor and a hustler, meets his challenge when one day his partner, Agnieszka, meets under unusual circumstances a girl named Viki. Agnieszka’s new friend finds a mysterious and extremely precious object in the wall of an old house that grabs Volta’s undivided and total attention: the crown that belonged to Casimir the Great, the last medieval Polish king from Piast dynasty.  Volta cannot miss this million-dollar opportunity. Together with the bodyguard, Dycha, he is ready for anything to get possession of the treasure. However, it will not be as easy as it seems because innocent-looking Viki is in fact a worthy rival. The film takes place in one of Poland’s oldest and most beautiful cities, Lublin, and continues in the tradition of Machulski’s best caper stories: Vabank and Vinci.

Cast:
Andrzej Zielinski, Olga Boladz, Aleksandra Domanska, Michal Zurawski, Jacek Braciak,
Joanna Szczepkowska         

Trailer (in Polish) MOVIE HAS ENGLISH SUBTITLES


Friday, February 1, 2019

Friday, February 15 at 7:30: The Art of Loving. Story of Michalina Wislocka (2017)

Sztuka kochania. Historia Michaliny Wisłockiej 
(original title)
IMDb: 7.1


“The Art of Loving", an adaptation of Michalina Wisłocka’s biography, is both a tale about her and about the taboo topic that is Polish sexuality. Humorous and well-acted, the film is well worth watching.
In her version of Michalina Wisłocka’s biography, Maria Sadowska chooses to talk about sex without exaggeration, shy blushing or provocative intent. She does not judge her characters, or moralise over their sometimes questionable choices. In The Art of Loving, sex is neither good nor bad, it’s just a part of everyday life. The story of the famous Polish gynaecologist and sexologist, whose lifestyle guidebook "The Art of Loving" sold over 7 million copies in the 1970s, is a straightforward story about a person whose body and soul are connected into one, indivisible whole. “

Read more about the movie at Culture.pl

Director: Maria Sadowska
Stars: Magdalena BoczarskaEryk LubosTomasz KotBorys SzycJustyna Wasilewska

Official trailer here:


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Friday, January 18 at 7:30: The Last Stage (Polish: Ostatni etap), 1947 film by Wanda Jakubowska





The Last Stage (Polish: Ostatni Etap) is a 1947 feature film directed and co-written by Poland's first female filmmaker Wanda Jakubowska, depicting her experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.  

Plot: A Jewish family from Poland, the Weisses, is sent to Auschwitz where the daughter, Martha, is selected to be an interpreter. The rest of her family is cruelly killed, and Martha and the other Poles must struggle under the tyranny of camp guards and capos.  

Stars: Tatjana Gorecka, Antonina Gordon-Górecka, Barbara Drapinska, Aleksandra Slaska, Edward Dziewonski.  The film won the Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 1948, and it was nominated for Grand International Award at Venice Film Festival in 1948 and for a BAFTA Award for Best Film from Any Source in 1950. 

The Last Stage was a pioneering work and the first narrative film to portray the Nazi concentration and extermination camp complex of Auschwitz-Birkenau, an important and historic film that deserves to be reproduced better, but still well worth seeing. Last Stage was made just two years after WWII had ended. 

Amazingly it was filmed in Auschwitz and the Polish actor and actresses actually sleep in the barracks while the movie was being filmed and wore the actual prison uniforms that had been sanitized but still were stained with blood, etc.

There is a book about the film by Marek Haltof, a professor at Northern Michigan University, who has published several books in English and Polish on the cultural histories of Central European and Australian film:  "Screening Auschwitz: Wanda Jakubowska's The Last Stage and the Politics of Commemoration (Cultural Expressions)"

Film hosts for the evening: Linda and Bruce. The film (1h 50 min) is in Polish, with English subtitles, at Polish Home upstairs, Friday, January 18, 7:30 pm.