05 ago Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin Celebrates Certainly One Of Poland’s Most Revolutionary Filmmakers
“An Eastern European Ridley Scott… the cultural commentary of Szulkin’s oeuvre is universalist… their future is our now.” – Ela Bittencourt
“The Polish ‘cinema of anxiety’ soars out of this globe when you look at the work of Piotr Szulkin… the movies thrive on imaginative eyesight and sociological absurdity.” – Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
Movie at Lincoln Center is happy to announce Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin, a retrospective celebrating one of Poland’s many filmmakers that are revolutionary September 6-8.
A manager, screenwriter, novelist, theatrical manager, and painter, Piotr Szulkin regularly faced censorship through the Polish Communist regime for the late ’70s and very early ’80s for their unabashedly governmental works. Szulkin’s films that are profoundly imaginative be looked at as existential stories, absurdist parables, or premonitions about contemporary society’s hostility in addition to evils of totalitarianism. Drawing from 20th-century philosophy and Polish medieval literary works through 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 their native Poland but which continue steadily to resonate with chilling truths about humankind, drawing eerily prescient parallels to the present global climate that is political.
Among the largest retrospectives of their work up to now, Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin provides a selection of brand brand brand new restorations that are digital brought in movie images.