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Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin Celebrates Certainly One Of Poland’s Most Revolutionary Filmmakers

Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin Celebrates Certainly One Of Poland’s Most Revolutionary Filmmakers “An Eastern European Ridley Scott… the commentary that is cultural of oeuvre is universalist… their future is our now.” – Ela Bittencourt “The Polish ‘cinema of anxiety’ soars from this globe into the work of Piotr Szulkin… the movies thrive on imaginative vision and sociological absurdity.” – Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal Movie at Lincoln Center is very happy to announce Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin, a retrospective celebrating one of Poland’s many 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 early ’80s for their unabashedly governmental works. Szulkin’s films that are profoundly imaginative be considered as existential stories, absurdist parables, or premonitions about contemporary society’s hostility as well as the 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 generate shockingly iconoclastic technology fiction movies. Described as “the undiscovered Fritz Lang of 1980s Mitteleuropa” (Michal Oleszczyk, RogerEbert.com), Szulkin made films which were seldom 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. One of several biggest retrospectives of their strive to date, Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin offers an array of brand brand new electronic restorations and brought in movie images. The show showcases most of Szulkin’s features, including their audacious cult classic Golem , usually considered a precursor to Blade Runner ; The War of this Worlds: Next Century, a reimagining of this H.G. Wells novel as well as an indictment of mass media’s impact on civilians; O-Bi, O-Ba: the termination of Civilization , which follows the residual survivors...