in partnership with
BAMcinématek, Cornell Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse, Boulder Theater, Cinefamily, San Francisco Film Society, Seattle International Film Festival, Society for the Arts and National Gallery of Art
ROMAN POLANSKI: SHORT FILMS
WITH LIVE MUSIC BY SZA/ZA
New York, Ithaca, Austin, Boulder, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Chicago
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - Sunday, November 14, 2010
New York Premiere:
Tuesday, November 2, 7:30 PM
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tickets: $15 General / $10 Members
Tel. 718.636.4100 or online
A showcase of Roman Polanski's rarely screened short films with live music by experimental electroacoustic duo Sza/Za will premiere at BAMcinématek and then tour the U.S. The project will pay tribute to the Polish jazz pioneer Krzysztof Komeda, Polanski's long time collaborator in Europe and Hollywood.
Between 1958 and 1962, the acclaimed director and Academy Award® winner, Roman Polanski made a series of short films, most at the renowned Polish Lodz Film School, from playful filmmaking exercises: Murder (1957) and Teeth Smile (1957), the metaphorical Break Up the Dance (1957) and Mammals (1962) to his award winning film, Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958). These films reveal Polanski's surreal and dark style, his masterful storytelling ability and his restless search for the truth about human nature, however crooked and evil it would turn out to be. The grotesque and often disturbing world of his short films, and his meticulous, clean direction are traits that would be later developed in such masterpieces as Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist.
Sza/Za is Pawel Szamburski and Patryk Zakrocki - musicians, improvisers and promoters of culture in Warsaw music and independent art scene since 1999. Their music is a unique mix of noise and silence, pop and contemporary chamber music, beauty and ugliness, of sophisticated wisdom and pure, naïve thoughtlessness. Using clarinet, violin, analogue loop stations and subtle effects, the musicians seek to collapse those oppositions, attempting to free both the stage and the audience from the bonds of rules and cultural expectations.
The Roman Polanski Short Films with Live Music by Sza/Za tour is presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York in partnership with BAMcinématek, Cornell Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse, Boulder Theater, Cinefamily, San Francisco Film Society, Seattle International Film Festival, Society for the Arts, and the National Gallery of Art, in association with Unsound Festival. Additional support has been provided by Trust for Mutual Understanding and Janus Films.
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