“An Eastern European Ridley Scott… the commentary that is cultural of oeuvre is universalist… his future is our now.” – Ela Bittencourt
“The Polish ‘cinema of anxiety’ soars from this globe when you look at the work of Piotr Szulkin… the films thrive on imaginative eyesight and sociological absurdity.” – Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
Film at Lincoln Center is very happy to announce Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin, a retrospective celebrating one of Poland’s most revolutionary filmmakers, September 6-8.
A manager, screenwriter, novelist, theatrical manager, and painter, Piotr Szulkin frequently encountered censorship through the Polish Communist regime of this belated ’70s and very very early ’80s for their unabashedly governmental works. Szulkin’s profoundly imaginative movies can be considered as existential stories, absurdist parables, or premonitions about contemporary society’s hostility and also the evils of totalitarianism. Drawing from 20th-century philosophy and Polish literature that is medieval speculative fiction, noir, and grotesque allegories, Szulkin masterfully wielded the shoestring budgets afforded him to produce shockingly iconoclastic technology fiction movies. Called “the undiscovered Fritz Lang of 1980s Mitteleuropa” (Michal Oleszczyk, RogerEbert.com), Szulkin made movies which were hardly ever seen away from his indigenous Poland but which continue steadily to resonate with chilling truths about humankind, drawing eerily prescient parallels to the present global governmental environment. Continue reading Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin Celebrates Certainly One Of Poland’s Most Revolutionary Filmmakers