“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 world 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 frequently encountered censorship through the Polish Communist regime regarding the belated ’70s and very very very early ’80s for their unabashedly political works. Szulkin’s profoundly imaginative movies can be considered as existential stories, absurdist parables, or premonitions about contemporary society’s hostility plus 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. Continue reading