The Enthusiasts: Outsider Cinema from the 1950–80s.
A selection from the Enthusiasts archive Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.
7:30pm 1st March 2016
Auditorium: Emilia Pavilion, Museum of Modern Art
Emilii Plater 51
Introduction: Łukasz Ronduda
Cineclub #1 will present a selection of Polish films made in the thirty year period between 1950 and 1980, specifically those produced in amateur film clubs supported by factories, mines and steelworks of the Polish People’s Republic. The films present a Polish reality of the period as seen through the eyes of the 'worker', a perspective that differs from the 'official' position adopted by mainstream cinema, propagandistic newsreels, or experimental avant-garde film.
Directors such as Franciszek Dzida, Piotr Majdrowicz, Henryk Urbańczyk, or Engelbert Kral adopted a distinctive narrative style, boldly dealing with topics such as sexuality, consumption, and the relationships between private and public life. They also experimented formally, self-reflectively defining their own position as filmmakers.