COLD WAR (Zimna wojna) by Pawel Pawlikowski
Laemmle Royal, West Los Angeles
December 21 – 27, 2018
Laemmle Playhouse, Pasadena
January 11 – 17, 2019
Laemmle Town Center 5, Encino
January 11 – 17, 2019
Laemmle NoHo 7
January 18 – 24, 2019
January 25 – 31, 2019
Laemmle Claremont 5, Clermont
MODIESKA CLUB CONCERT ON FEBRUARY 3 AT 4 PM IN PLAYA VISTA – PIRAMIDY DUET FROM POLAND
Ladies and Gentlemen, 14 January 2019
We are delighted to invite members and guests of the Modjeska Art and Culture Club to the magnificent “Mickiewicz Akustycznie” concert performed by the Polish duet Pyramidy;
consisting of Piotr Kajetan Matczuk – acoustic guitar, piano, and singing; and Tomasz Imienowski – bass guitar. The concert will take place on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 4 pm,
at the CenterPointe Club in Playa Vista (6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista, CA 90094), courtesy of Dr & Dr Targowski (it is an elegant and modern private club with parking
under the building). Reservations for the concert please send to the President, Prezes@modjeska.org, by 25 January 2019, a letter with a check to the address of the club (below), or
via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org (+ 3 $, after Jan 16). The cost is $20 for members, $30 for guests (room rental and fees this time is very expensive). Tickets at the entrance
without a reservation: $ 40 for members, $ 50 for guests !!!
Checks payable to “Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club in Los Angeles” at Modjeska Club address c/o Maja Trochimczyk PO BOX 4288 Sunland CA 91041-4288.
MICKIEWICZ UNPLUGGED is a concert consisting of texts by legendary romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz, which were chosen so as to sound very contemporary.
PIRAMIDY show Mickiewicz not as a poet who is only a bard, a symbol, a “national monument” and the author of “Pan Tadeusz”, but as someone who could write
about love, about normal life, about what meets us, surprises and about everything that remains valid after today. It is sometimes cheerful and humorous,
sometimes nostalgic, sometimes includes singing together with the audience, and sometimes is very touching. This concert will certainly appeal to everyone
and will be remembered for a long time. More information about the singers on our blog, modjeskaclub.blogspot.com
We kindly ask you to supply the buffet with your favorite drinks and home-baked desserts. This time after the concert we will serve Cuban and Italian delicacies.
There aren’t many directors left who can impudently inject high culture into the soul of their films the way Krzysztof Zanussi can, and still deliver a gripping historical drama. In Ether (Eter), the topic is the abuse of science to gain control over individuals and subjugate the masses, depriving people of their free will and the option of choosing between good and evil. One can debate whether it was really necessary to superimpose a Faustian twist on a story that is already loaded with references, and not everyone will cotton to the story’s metaphysical ending. But the questions Zanussi poses about runaway science are utterly topical, even if it’s unusual to see them approached head-on from the high ground of religious ethics.
Screened in the official section of the Rome Film Festival, this Poland-Ukraine-Hungary-Lithuania-Italy co-production is guaranteed commercial release in at least five markets and Latido should wiggle it into other niches. But its main life will probably unfold at film festivals, where Zanussi’s name is the stamp of old-school quality cinema.
The pic opens with an extraordinary nose-to-nose examination of Hans Memling’s medieval painting ‘The Last Judgment.’ specifically the torture and torment awaiting sinners in hell. It introduces the film’s theological side, which rumbles quietly in the background of the main story. Eventually it will dovetail with Goethe’s Faust story, featuring an elegantly outfitted devil who tempts our anti-hero into exploring the darkest recesses of science, while a pure-hearted patient named Margaret prays for his salvation.
It’s genteel 1912, and controlled Polish actor Jacek Poniedzialek plays the well-mannered doctor of the upper classes. One sunny afternoon, he coolly decides to rape his beautiful young patient after knocking her out with a new anesthetic he has been experimenting with — ether. Although at the time it was considered a safer version of chloroform, Zanussi’s story shows the doctor killing a number of patients — including the beautiful girl — by overdosing them with the stuff, accidentally or on purpose.
By a devilish miracle, he gets away with his first murder and takes up a post as a military medic in a remote outpost on the border of the Ukraine and the Austro-Hungarian empire. It’s just the sort of out-of-the-way place he’s looking for to test the limits of human endurance to pain under ether’s influence. Luckily for him, the cynical officers in the fortress seem as unconcerned about the sacredness of human life as he is.
And yet, Poniedzialek’s doctor is more complex than he appears. He may be an amoral Frankenstein figure with the face of Adolf Hitler, but he’s a passionate believer in science and risks his life to fund his research. Compared to Jeff Goldblum’s lobotomist-for-hire in Rick Alverson’s recent The Mountain, he’s a man with a mission, sinister though it may be. His real objective is to develop methods of eliminating free will — something bound to prove useful in the upcoming war expected to break out soon.
In one disturbing scene, he injects a soldier with a serum that boosts his martial instincts to the max, making him an invincible wrestler. As usual, the dose is too high, and the fighter turns into a wild animal who has to be confined to a straitjacket and a jail cell. The scene owes much of its effectiveness to the dazzling lighting by DP Piotr Niemyjski, whose own painterly instincts are unleashed in the film’s key scenes, where he swathes the barbarism of the early 20th century in gauzy white and ivory tones.
Like all good mad scientists, the doctor needs a young assistant whose innocence he can callously destroy. Taras (a perfectly cast Ostap Vakulyuk) is a peasant boy so poor he sells his dead father’s cadaver to science, only to find it standing as an embalmed exhibit in the doctor’s museum, alongside two-headed fetuses in jars. Unlike the atheist doctor, the boy is a devout Catholic who, one hopes, will follow a more ethical and humanistic path in his medical studies. Or will the system corrupt him? As he finds himself trapped in a net of lies and accusations, the film slows down and loses quota for a while.
Zanussi’s modernity is always cautiously present. After telling the doctor’s story more or less straight under the title “The Known Story,” he surprises the audience by doubling back over events in a coda dubbed “The Secret Story” that explains the theological underpinnings of it all. A little-seen character in the film is unmasked as the devil himself; he doesn’t give a hoot if the doctor doesn’t believe in him, and is no less the evil influencer for that. It’s a milder version of discovering that the Neville Chamberlain look-alike in Wonder Woman is really Ares, the god of war, and of course it changes things. Ether ends in the trenches of WWI where the question “Does suffering have a meaning?” is raised with a vengeance. But the answer must wait for another movie.
On the tech side, everything is pleasantly a bit over the top, like the doctor’s chic black-leather lab coat that makes him seem like a cross between a butcher and a Nazi. The music track makes constant use of excerpts from Wagner’s opera Parsifal, further suggesting the man is on a quest to find his own Holy Grail.
Production companies: Tor Film Studio in association with Interfilm Production Studio, Studio Uljana Kim, Laokoon Filmgroup, Revolver, Bielle Re, Wytwornia Filmow Dokuementalnych i Fabularnych, Canal+
Cast: Jacek Poniedzialek, Zsolt Laszlo, Andrzej Chyra, Ostap Vakulyuk, Maria Ryaboshapka, Stanislav Kolokolnikov, Malgorzata Pritulak, Rafal Mohr, Victoria Zinny
Director-screenwriter: Krzysztof Zanussi
Producers: Janusz Wachala, Krzysztof Zanussi
Director of photography: Piotr Niemyjski
Production designer: Joanna Macha
Costume designer: Katarzyna Lewinska
Casting director: Magdalena Szwarcbart
Venue: Rome Film Festival
World sales: Latido
Polish Alma Mater in Los Angeles
Valentine’s Ball (Zabawa Serduszkowa)
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 6PM
The Throop Hall
300 S Los Robles Avenue • Pasadena, CA 91101
Tickets: $70 per person, if purchased before Jan 31st
(we also accept PayPal); $75 – if paid at the door
-Delicious polish food with barszcz+korkiety
-Diverse polish and mixed original music
-Quicker Raffle with amazing prizes
Dress code: Evening / Semi-Formal
Marzena (310) 867-3206
Anna (951) 892-8563
Grzegorz (310) 883-5773
“JEST TAKI KTOS” – POLISH HITS WITH KRZYSZTOF DZIKOWSKI AND WIKTORIA TRACZ (in Polish)
Sunday, 17 March 2019, at 6 pm.
the South Pasadena Library Community Room
1115 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA 91030.
Free and open to the public, but RSVP to email@example.com, due to limited seating.
Polish Music Spring: Celebrating Anniversaries Concert
SATURDAY, 23 MARCH 2019 | 4:00 P.M.
Music by Stanisław Moniuszko, Grażyna Bacewicz and Roman Ryterband
Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC (see AHF on campus map)
3616 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA
Campus parking: $12 – enter through McCarthy Way Entrance
at Figueroa St. & McCarthy Way (see PSX on campus map)
Artist reception to follow concert in Herklotz Courtyard
The round table is ready for you!
Dear Polish-American, Polish and American Friends,
I would like to invite you to the 6th Annual Forum of Polish-American Organizations (The Polish Round Table). This meeting will allow us to exchange and share planned and proposed activities for the upcoming season this year.
Everyone is invited, so bring anyone you feel may have some productive input into Polish-American calendar of events in Los Angeles/OC/Valley area.
The meeting will take place on Sunday, June 2nd, at 5PM at Hellada Gallery, 117 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802. Estimated time frame for the meeting is 2 ½ hours. Parking will be available on the corner of Elm Ave and Broadway for $6.00 or free on nearby streets.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 562.682-9735.
All Polish-American organizations and individuals interested in this topic are welcome to join! Please, refer any new organizations, friends and young generation to be included.
So far, among participating organizations are:
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, Polish American Congress, Our Lady of the Bright Mount Polish Parish in Los Angeles, John Paul II Polish Center in Yorba Linda, POLAM, Polish Alma Mater in Los Angeles, Helena Modjeska Polish School in Yorba Linda, Polish Veterans Organization in Los Angeles, Polish Center in Los Angeles, Polish Seniors’ Home Foundation Szarotka, Polish Scouting Organization, Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club, Friends of John Paul II Foundation, Paderewski Music Society, Polish Music Center USC, News of Polonia, KrakArt Group, Helena Modjeska Foundation, Polish Film Festival, Polish National Alliance Group 700 and 3259, Polish University Club, Millennium Library, PAFERE, Polish American Defense Committee, Poles in Inland Empire, Polish Children’s Rainbow Fund, Miss Polonia California 2019, Polish Day in LA 2019, Polish American Film Society, Polish Folk Group Krakusy, Polish Folk Group Polanie, SoCalPolonia, PolskaCalifornia, OCPolonia, Polonia i Polacy z Brazylii.
Marek Dzida, volunteer, Hellada Gallery, Polish Day in LA 2019.
Szanowna społeczności polonijna, polska i amerykańska,
Mam zaszczyt zaprosić państwa do udziału w 6-tym corocznym spotkaniu organizacji polonijnych. Będzie okazja wymienić się i podzielić planami imprez na nadchodzący rok.
Każdy jest zaproszony, tak więc zachećmy tych, którzy mogą wzbogacić kalendarz planowanych wydarzeń polonijnych w okolicy Los Angeles, OC i Ventura Co.
Spotkanie jest zaplanowane na dzień 2-go czerwca o godz. 17-tej w galerii Hellada, pod adresem 117 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802. Przewidziany czas na spotkanie jest około 2½ godziny. Zaparkować mozna na rogu ulic Elm i Broadway za $6.00 lub bezpłatnie na okolicznych ulicach.
Przybycie należy potwierdzić telefonicznie lub przez e-mail email@example.com
Wszelkie polonijne organizacje i zainteresowane osoby są mile widziane. Zachęcam też do zaproszenia na to spotkanie nowych organizacji jak również znajomych i młodzież.
Wśród dotychczas uczestniczących organizacji znajdują się:
Konsulat Generalny Rzeczypospolitej Polski, Kongres Polonii Amerykańskiej, Polskie Centrum Jana Pawła II w Yorba Linda, Polski Kościół Matki Boskiej Jasnogórskiej w Los Angeles, POLAM, Polska Alma Mater w Los Angeles, Polska Szkoła im. Heleny Modrzejewskiej w Yorba Linda, Organizacja Veteranów Polskich w Los Angeles, Polskie Centrum w Los Angeles, Fundacja Seniorów Polskich Szarotka, Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego, Klub Kulturu i Sztuki Heleny Modrzejewskiej, Fundacja Jana Pawła II, Zwiazek Muzyczny im. J. Paderewskiego, Centrum Muzyki Polskiej USC, News of Polonia, Grupa Artystyczna KrakART, Fundacja Heleny Modrzejewskiej, Polski Festiwal Filmowy w Los Angeles/Polsko Amerykanskie Stowarzyszenie Filmowe, Polski Związek Narodowy Grupa 700 i 3259, Polski Klub Uniwersytecki, Biblioteka Stulecia, PAFERE, Polsko Amerykański Komitet Obrony, Polacy w Inland Imperium, Fundacja Tęcza Dzieci Polskich, Wybory Miss Polonia California 2019, Dzień Polski w LA 2019, Zespół Folklorystyczno Taneczny Krakusy, Zespół Folklorystyczno Taneczny Polanie, SoCalPolonia, PolskaCalifornia, OCPolonia, PoloniaiPolacyzBrazylii.
Marek Dzida, woluntariusz, Hellada Gallery, Dzień Polski w LA 2019.
PLEASE JOIN US at 20th JUBILEE PROUD TO BE POLISH FESTIVAL Sunday, June 9, 2019 – 10:30 AM St. Pope John Paul II Polish Center. 3999 Rose Dr., Yorba Linda, CA 92886.
Prosimy młode talenty (piosenka, wiersz, taniec, akrobatyka, rysunek) o kontakt w sprawie wy stepu na naszym Jubileuszowym Festiwalu! Dyrektor Festiwalu Mietek Dutkowski 714-608-0511 lub firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rozpoczynamy Msza Święta o godz. 10:30. W programie występy zespołów tanecznych Krakusy LA & POLANIE, Chóru z Las Vegas. recytacje i piosenki. Janina Pazdan poprowadzi Maluj z nami – Paint with US. Teresa Turek ze swa ekipa przygotuje smaczne polskie jedzenie. Andrzej Zukowski będzie czuwał nad barem z Edkiem i Michałem.
LOTERIA – Grand Prix 1 tydzień w 5 Star Resort in Cancun or Puerto Vallarta w Meksyku.
Polish American Charities of So. Cal. Cultural Fund
Polish Day in LA, Long Beach 2019
June 15th, Saturday, from 2:00PM to 10:00PM
Come with your loved ones, family and friends to enjoy Polish music, delicious treats, good beer, and fun for the whole evening. There will be not only entertainment but also an art exhibit featuring Polish artists and art-works as well as a unique presentation of Polish theatrical and movie posters. There will be a small Polish-American community beauty contest where one of the most impressive Polish ladies will be honored with the title of Miss Polonia California! There will be a contest for those who can learn to pronounce some of the most difficult Polish phrases, and much more.
That’s not all! All evening long the Polka, Oberek and Polonez dance classes will be offered. Yes, the friendly instructors will be waiting for new brave students.
Fun, entertainment and a professional atmosphere is the goal here. Over 15 Polish-California institutions and Organizations, will be working hard to make sure everyone has a great time!
A dance party will be the grand finale of the night.
Along with the latest Polish hits, and many great dancers you will be having a blast!
Free entry, open to all!
Hope to see you all on this special Saturday, June 15th!
Let’s turn LA into one Polish Day – just this one night!
More information on:
www.PolandConnected.com email@example.com T: 562.682-9735 (12pm–7pm)