“An Eastern European Ridley Scott… the cultural commentary of Szulkin’s oeuvre is universalist… his 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 eyesight 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 filmmakers that are revolutionary September 6-8.
A manager, screenwriter, novelist, theatrical director, and painter, Piotr Szulkin frequently encountered censorship through the Polish Communist regime of this belated ’70s and very very early ’80s for their unabashedly governmental works. Szulkin’s profoundly imaginative movies can be looked at 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 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. Referred to as “the undiscovered Fritz Lang of 1980s Mitteleuropa” (Michal Oleszczyk, RogerEbert.com), Szulkin made movies that have been hardly ever seen away from their indigenous Poland but which continue steadily to resonate with chilling truths about humankind, drawing eerily prescient parallels to the present global climate that is political. Continue reading “Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin Celebrates Certainly One Of Poland’s Most Revolutionary Filmmakers”