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January 23, 2006

An Evening with Edward Klosinski

For this special screening, we celebrate one of the rarely heralded figures from behind the camera. Polish-born Edward Klosinski has become one of the most sought after directors of photography in Europe since his early collaborations with directors such as Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi. He has gone on to international prominence shooting innovative works for Lars von Trier (Zentropa), Krzysztof Kieslowksi (White, The Decalogue), and Jan Schutte (The Farewell) raising the bar on the art of cinematography.

Special thanks to Jan Schutte.

January 23 (Monday) 7 pm - Edward Klosinski in Person

Man of Iron

Directed by Andrzej Wajda
Poland 1981, 35mm, b/w and color, 149 min.
With Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania
Polish with English subtitles

This sequel to Man of Marble was inspired by the real-life political events taking place almost simultaneously at the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk. Birkut, the central figure of the earlier film, has been killed in a strike action, but the young filmmaker is there as both witness and catalyst to the history-making scenes. Wajda interweaves contemporary newsreel footage-including speeches by a young Lech Walesa and images of the heroism of Anna Welentynowycz, the worker whose dismissal sparked the birth of the Solidarity movement-through a narrative that concerns the efforts of a radio reporter to frame Birkut's son. The resulting film represents a potent blending of fiction and reality, art and life, and earned Wajda the top prize at Cannes.

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