“An Eastern European Ridley Scott… the cultural commentary of Szulkin’s oeuvre is universalist… their 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 happy to announce Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin, a retrospective celebrating one of Poland’s many revolutionary filmmakers, September 6-8.
A manager, screenwriter, novelist, theatrical manager, and painter, Piotr Szulkin frequently encountered censorship through the Polish Communist regime of this belated ’70s and early ’80s for their unabashedly governmental works. Szulkin’s profoundly imaginative movies can be considered as existential stories, absurdist parables, or premonitions about contemporary society’s hostility and also 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 generate 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 his native Poland but which continue steadily to resonate with chilling truths about humankind, drawing eerily prescient parallels to the present global climate that is political.
Among the biggest retrospectives of his strive up to now, Sci-Fi Visionary: Piotr Szulkin offers a selection of brand brand new restorations that are digital brought in movie images.