**Playing nationwide through September 10. **
Considered one of the founders of the Polish Film School movement, along with Andrzej Wajda and Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Andrzej Munk began his career making agitprop documentaries in the era of Stalinized Poland, and, in the aftermath of the 1956 Polish thaw, came to artistic maturity with a suite of shrewdly incendiary features. Although his career was brief—he died in a car accident in 1961, during the making of his final feature, Passenger—the films made by Munk throughout the ’50s have come to encapsulate the spirit of rebellion in postwar Poland. These works bristled with cool skepticism, and indefatigable elements of satire and irony that evaded state censorship guidelines; many explored the perverse survival instincts and displacement arising from war, while others witnessed the hardship and beauty of everyday labor.
Munk received a posthumous award at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival recognizing his entire oeuvre, and his influence persists, visible in the work of renowned Polish filmmakers such as Krzysztof Zanussi, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Jerzy Skolimowski, Munk’s former student.
Presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute.