Polish Film Club OKO presents: ROSE, a 2011 film by Wojciech Smarzowski
Director: Wojciech Smarzowski
Cast: Marcin Dorocinski, Agata Kulesza, Kinga Preis, Jacek Braciak, Malwina Buss, Marian Dziedziel, Edward Linde-Lubaszenko
Winner of 6 Polish Film Academy rewards, Orły (Eagles), for the best film, director, screenplay, actress, supporting actor, and music score, and the winner of the audience choice award. The film is set in the post-war Mazury region, a border territory, which becomes part of Poland as a result of the Potsdam Agreement after World War II. The tensions of long and complicated history of the region inhabited over the years by Mazurians, Poles, and Germans, further devasted by the war, Soviet soldiers, resettlement drama, and the new, socialist reality, serve as a backdrop for the developing emotional tie between Rose, a Masurian woman and a widow of a German soldier, and Tadeusz, a former officer in the Polish Home Army. The tale of survival, love, and complicated identity, full of violence, at times perhaps difficult to watch, is told through the muted coloring of the lens by cinematographer Piotr Sobocinski Jr. and accentuated by composer Mikolaj Trzaska’s score.
“The film’s basic plot is a story about love – tough and built on ruins” (Smarzowski)
“A harrowing tale of survival” (IMDb)
“Almost unbearably brutal yet hauntingly romantic” (Variety).
“From a moral point of view Róża is a Western crammed with violence but filmed without complacency” (Krakow Post)
7 pm socializing & film intro, 7:30 pm screening
Free admission; restaurant downstairs will be open
Polish Film Club OKO is a private discussion club, affiliated with the Polish Cultural Center, and devoted to promoting Polish-themed film art in the Pacific Northwest through exposure, education and discussion. Club meets on third Friday of the month. Club’s official website.
ALL FILMS HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES. All welcome!