Canisius presents Polish Film Festival

BUFFALO, NY − Canisius College will present the seventh annual Polish Film Festival from Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, November 17. The event, which is sponsored by The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, will be held at the Montante Cultural Center. All films are in Polish with English subtitles unless otherwise specified.

  • Thursday, November 14 ― Mój Rower (My Father’s Bike, 94’ 2012), directed by Piotr Trzaskalski, at 7:30 p.m. A jazz lover’s delight, this comedy/drama’s action begins when a retired musician’s exasperated wife leaves him. This sparks a family crisis that involves their traveling classical pianist son. Prior to the film, at 6 p.m., Shields Against Evil, recent paintings by Artur Popek will be on display. Popek is chair of the Department of Art at the M. Curie-Sklodowska in Lubin and serves as art director for the Society of Arts in Chicago. He designs prints and makes illustrations for books and magazines, including Nowy Dziennik in New York City. Popek will be present for the opening reception on Friday, November 15.

  • Friday, November 15 ― Shields Against Evil: recent paintings by Artur Popek, opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Pan Tadeusz (124’ 1928), directed by Ryszard Ordynski, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. A silent movie based on an epic poem by Adam Mickiewicz, the film has been reconstructed from its original three-hour version. Live music during the film will be provided by Marcin Pukaluk. The program is presented in collaboration with the National Cinematheque in Warsaw.
  • Saturday, November 16 ― Układ Zamknięty (Close Circuit, 100’ 2013), directed by Ryzard Bugajski, at 7:30 p.m. This thriller is loosely based on the real-life experiences of three, much too successful businessmen who draw the ire of local officials and face a Kafkaesque nightmare of imprisonment. A Q&A session with the director and actress Maria Mamona, will follow the film.
  • Sunday, November 17 ― Róża (Rose, 98’ 2011), directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, at
    3 p.m. This film is a story of the tragic fates suffered by the inhabitants of the Mazurian region in the years following World War II. Variety calls it “almost unbearably brutal, yet hauntingly romantic.”

Tickets for all screenings are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, call the Office of Modern Languages at (716) 888-2835.

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.