Introducing movie characters who had the courage to be different and face the limitations of everyday’s schemes. The retrospective is organized by Silesia Film — a regional Institution promoting Polish and global cinematography. Key goals include collecting, developing and maintaining film materials, organizing reviews, meetings with creators, outdoor shows, sharing films and film-related books, and above all, a broad, interdisciplinary educational activity addressed to various groups of movie lovers.
13 November at 7 PM, Movie Theater Rialto, Katowice → The Goat, Buster Keaton, Mal St. Clair, USA 1921, 21 min / Sherlock Jr., Buster Keaton, USA 1924, 45 min
Together with Charles Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton is consider as one of the most recognizable masters of slapstick. Main atributes of his on-screen character such as pork pie hat, stone face and deep, full of expression eyes have created his signature look. We will show two of his many movies: The Goat (1921) telling the story of a tramp taken for a dangerous criminal and Sherlock Jr. (1924) with main character working as a cinematograph operator and dreaming of a better and more exciting life. Copies of both movies are after a comprehensive digital reconstruction made in one of the best laboratories in the world L’Immagine Ritrovata under the supervision of Cineteca di Bologna in cooperation with the Cohen Film Collection. Screening will be accompanied by live music performed by Bartek Pieszka (vibraphone), Przemysław Hanaj (guitar) and Tomasz Drozdek (instruments of the world).
15 November at 7 PM, Kosmos Cinema, Katowice → Pippi Langstrumpf, Olle Hellbom, Szweden/Federal Republic of Germany 1969, 100 min
Pippi Langsrumpf was introduced to the world in 1945 by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. Despite all the controversies aroused around the character, the story of a defiant girl with anarchist attitude conquered the world right away. Straight from the begining Pippi announciated women’s revolt and soon she became an icon of feminist and queer movements. Before the screening, a meeting with Sylwia Chutnik and Jacek Podsiadło will take place.
21 November at 7 PM, Kosmos Cinema, Katowice → Teddy Bear, Stanisław Bareja, Poland 1981, 110 min
One of the most recognizable Polish movies of the 80’s. A cult comedy, full of bitterness, disclosing the absurds of the Polish People’s Republic. Ironic interpretation of everyday nuisances, surreal humor and caricatural heroes perfectly reflected Polish society at that time and managed to past the censorship. As the quintessence of Bareja’s style, the movie remains the hallmark of path in Polish culture which abandoned sublimity and pathos in favor of irony, distance and satire.