Film

Jerzy Skolimowski retrospective

Cinematek, Brussels
24/11/10 - 19/12/10
Essential Killing (1) - DR Essential Killing (1) - DR

Cinematek in Brussels is holding a Jerzy Skolimowski retrospective in collaboration with the Cultural Service of the Polish embassy. This retrospective will be inaugurated with the screening of the latest film by the Polish director, Essential Killing, which won an award at the Venice Film Festival.
For three weeks, most of Skolimowski’s films will be shown, from his productions made in the 1960s to those from present day, as well as the short films which he made whilst still a student, such as Pieniądze albo życie (Your money or your life), Hamleś (Little Hamlet) or Erotyk (Erotique), which the Łódź cinema school has generously loaned for the occasion.
Skolimowski’s adaptation of the novel Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz entitled 30 Door Key will bring down the curtain on the retrospective on 19 December. This work involved the particular challenge for the director of bringing to the big screen a novel in which Gombrowicz places a number of constraints on language and plays around with words and structures. Skolimowski has proved himself equal to the task by using exceptional pictorial devices. 

Click here to go to the page on the retrospective on the Cinematek site.

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Jerzy Skolimowski (1938) is an artist ‘across the board’: he is a film director, a scriptwriter, an actor, poet, painter, jazz musician and boxer. He had already made short films before even commencing his studies at the Łódź cinema school (whose alumni also include Andrzej Wajda and Roman Polański). He left Poland in 1969 and the films he went on to make abroad have won awards at the Berlin, Cannes and Venise festivals. Returning to Poland after the fall of the Wall, he began work on adapting Ferdydurke by Gombrowicz and decided to try his hand at painting. After an absence of 17 years from the cinema trade, he came back with a bang, directing Cztery Noce z Anną (Four nights with Anna, 2008) and Essential Killing (2010).

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Programme:
24 November, 19:15
: Essential Killing / 83' / 2010 / Poland, Norway, Ireland, Hungary / st. : EN
25 November, 18:00: Short films made during the director’s studies
- Pieniądze albo życie / 5' / 1961 / Poland / st. : EN
- Erotyk / 4' / 1960 / Poland / st. : EN
- Hamleś / 9' / 1960 / Poland / st. : EN
- Oko wykol / 2' / 1960 / Poland / st. : EN
- Piękna / 17 / 1962 / Poland / st. : EN
These five shorts were the ‘apprenticeship’ leading up to Skolimowski’s first feature-length film, Rysopis, screened on 27 November.
25 November, 19:15: Cztery noce z Anną (Four nights with Anna) / 101' / 2008 / Poland, France / st. : EN
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1225290/
27 November, 18:00: Rysopis (1965) / 72' / Poland / st. : FR-NL
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059668/
28 November, 17:00: Walkover (1965) / 73' / Poland / st. : FR-NL
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059892/
29 November, 18:00: Bariera (1966) / 80' / Poland / st. : FR-NL
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060150/
1 December, 19:00: Le Départ (1967) / 91' / Belgium / st. : NL
Sur IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061605/
2 December, 17:30: Deep End (1970) / 90' / RFA / st. : FR-NL
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066122/
3 December, 21:00: The Shout (1979) / 96' / United Kingdom / st. : FR-NL
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078259/
4 December, 21:00: Ręce do góry (1967) / 76' / Poland, France / st. : FR
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062181/
8 December, 19:30: Moonlighting (1982) / 94' / United Kingdom / st. : -
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084354/
10 December, 21:15: Success Is The Best Revenge (1984) / 89' / United Kingdom, France / st. FR-NL
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088200/
11 December, 16:00 and 13 December, 18:00: The Lightship (1985) / 87' / USA / st. : FR-NL
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089491/
18 December, 15:00: Torrents Of Spring (1989) / 101' / Italy, France, United Kingdom / st. : FR-NL
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096755/
19 December, 21:00: Ferdydurke (30 Door Key, 1991) / 92' / Poland / st. : FR
On IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104252/

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