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Film Series

The Waking Dreams of Wojciech Has

 
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Oct 15—Oct 27, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“Has’s superbly crafted, visionary films indelibly capture the subjective experience of time… singularly beautiful.”

—The Wall Street Journal


The cinematic dreamscapes of Polish auteur Wojciech Has (1925-2000) are extraordinary odysseys through history, memory, and fantasy. In the metaphysical worlds Has conjures, time is a subjective experience, which warps and bends to the rhythms of the subconscious. That such personal, visionary films were made under the restrictions of Communism makes them all the more remarkable. This comprehensive retrospective, the first in New York City in almost twenty years, features new restorations and archival 35mm prints, and offers an all-too-rare opportunity to experience these staggeringly beautiful and profound works.

All films directed by Wojciech Has and in Polish with English subtitles.


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PAST EVENTS
Film
The Hourglass Sanatorium
 

Has’ phantasmagoric 70s art-house masterpiece won the Jury Prize at Cannes.

Oct 15—Oct 22, 2015
Newly restored
 
 
Film
The Codes
 

Has’ follow-up to The Saragossa Manuscript was this hallucinatory mystery about wartime guilt.

Fri, Oct 16, 2015
 
 
Film
The Saragossa Manuscript
 

Has’ best-known work, with a legendary cult following, is this trancey, baroque acid-trip.

Oct 17—Oct 24, 2015
Newly restored
 
 
Film
The Noose
 

This day-in-the-life of an alcoholic becomes an expressionistic tour-de-force in Has’ hands.

Sun, Oct 18, 2015
 
 
Film
Farewells (Lydia Ate the Apple)
 

Has’ affecting meditation on the passage of time examines life in pre- and post-war Poland.

Sun, Oct 18, 2015
 
 
Film
One Room Tenants
 

Has’ rare Kafkaesque snapshot of 1930s Warsaw, shot in deep-focus black and white.

Mon, Oct 19, 2015
 
 
Film
The Doll
 

Has’ visually stunning epic examines an old money-new money clash in 19th-century Warsaw.

Tue, Oct 20, 2015
 
 
Film
Goodbye to the Past
 

One of Has’ most sublime reflections on the passage of time.

Wed, Oct 21, 2015
 
 
Film
An Uneventful Story
 

Has’ haunting memento mori, adapted from Chekhov, reverberates with autobiographical overtones.

Thu, Oct 22, 2015
 
 
Film
How To Be Loved
 

An evocative memory piece exploring the psychic scars felt by Poland after WWII.

Fri, Oct 23, 2015
Newly restored
 
 
Film
Gold Dreams
 

Has’ social realist fable about a young man’s tragicomic journey after an auto accident.

Sun, Oct 25, 2015
 
 
Film
Memoirs of a Sinner
 

Has’ delirious gothic film about a man tempted to the dark side by his evil doppelganger.

Sun, Oct 25, 2015
 
 
Film
Write and Fight
 

A journalist, a safecracker, and a murderer share a prison cell in Has’ WWI seriocomedy.

Mon, Oct 26, 2015
 
 
Film
The Fabulous Journey of Balthazar Kober
 

Has’ final film is a fantastical odyssey about an alchemist in 16th-century Germany.

Tue, Oct 27, 2015