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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

The Palace


Film adaptation of Wiesław Myśliwski’s masterpiece, possibly the best novel in Polish peasant literature. 1945, the front is approaching among menacing sounds of explosion. Barefoot shepherd Jakub observes the owners who are leaving their palace in panic. Has his slavery come to an end? Not necessarily. Firstly, with fear, then more boldly, he enters the deserted palace, observes the richness of the rooms, sees lavishly laid tables and for the first time he sees himself in the mirror. And so, step by step, he becomes like those who have only disdained him for years. The idea of ‘being the master’ becomes more and more real, until we reach the tragic finale. A brilliant, bitter diagnosis about the long-lasting patterns of feudal violence. You can take the man out of the farm, but – as Tadeusz Junak suggests, taking after Wiesław Myśliwski – can you take the farm out of the man? The story is now rediscovered as part of the ‘ludic turn’ in Polish culture.

Piotr Sadzik

Tadeusz Junak (1945–2009) was a Polish director and screenwriter. He co-founded the avant-garde artistic group Film Form Workshop and made experimental films within that group from 1971 to 1974. He also directed documentaries, feature films and television films. His feature debut, The Palace (1980), remains his best-known film.

partner of the screening

partner of the screening

DATE

April 8, 2024

TIME

1:30 PM

VENUE

Kino Muranów Gerard

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 10, 2024

TIME

9:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Atlantic D

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

The Palace

ORIGINAL TITLE

Pałac

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

SECTION

DIRECTOR

DURATION

90 min

YEAR

1980

COUNTRY

SALES

WFDiF

TRIGGER WARNING

???

PRODUCER

Halina Kawecka

PRODUCTION

Zespół Filmowy Perspektywa

CAST

Janusz Michałowski, Bożena Adamek, Halina Gryglaszewska, Elżbieta Karkoszka, Danuta Kisiel

SCREENPLAY

Tadeusz Junak

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ryszard Lenczewski (colour)

EDITING

Janina Niedźwiecka

SCORE

Leszek Orlewicz

COSTUME DESIGN

Małgorzata Moskwa-Braszka, Ewa Krauze

ART DIRECTION

Elżbieta Karwańska

DECADE

AWARDS

Awards for best cinematography (Ryszard Lenczewski), best sound (Jan Czerwiński, Jerzy Blaszyński) and for best editing (Janina Niedźwiecka) (Gdańsk Film Festival)

EDITION