Surrelist Visions of Wojciech Has in Glasgow




3 – 12 January 2010
12 Rose StGlasgow,
G3 6RB
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Multi-award winning Polish director Wojciech Has (1925 - 2000) notably renowned for his influence on the work of filmmakers like David Lynch and was embraced by high profile admirers including Luis Bunuel, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Jerry Garcia. Wojciech Has is fondly regarded as one of Poland?s most adventurous and visionary filmmakers, known for works such as THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT and THE HOURGLASS SANITORIUM, spanning an impressive 40 year career his often surrealistic and avant-garde style of filming drew from literature, contemporary politics and art.
-Simultaneously horrific, erotic and funny The Saragossa Manuscript is one mother of a film David Lynch
-I love the Saragossa Manuscript exceptional Luis Bunuel
-The Hourglass is the cinematographic equivalent of all Mahler’s symphonies put together? Derek Elley, International Film Guide
"Wojciech Has"Polish cinema's closest thing to a fully fledged Surrealist one of the "Wild Bunch" of top 50 visionary filmmakers in Sight & Sound's "The Mad, the Bad and the Dangerous" September 2009 issue


Toward the end of the Napoleonic era, a young officer (the magnetic Zbigniew Cybulski) is sent on a fantastic journey by two beautiful princesses as a test of his worthiness to woo them.His adventures are collected in the Saragossa Manuscript, itself a document of rather mysterious provenance.
Adapted from Jan Potocki?s 1813 novel, this elegant widescreen work faithfully reproduces the Chinese-box ?tale within a tale? structure of the book, until neither audience nor actors are sure exactly where reality meets literature.
Imported to the U.S. in the '60s, Has masterpiece became one of the most cherished arthouse cult items of the counterculture era.

Tuesday 5 January - THE NOOSE

THE NOOSE (1958) 96 min
A suicidal alcoholic?s last day teems with images of anxiety and Kafkaesque paranoia.
Adapted from Marek Hlasko?s novel The First Step in the Clouds, Has? feature debut is cinematic delirium tremens, as young man Kuba Kowalski escapes his cramped flat to wander from bar to bar, unable to escape the trap of isolation.
Thursday 7 January - FAREWELLS

FAREWELLS (1958) 97 min
When rebellious student Pawel falls in love with cynical dancer Lidka, the mismatched pair share a short-lived romantic idyll before social convention and the outbreak of WWII tear them apart.
Has suffuses his second cinematic work with nostalgia for a lost way of life and the lyricism of love?s long journey.
The winner of FIPRESCI award at Locarno Film Festival

Jozef travels on a strange, almost ghostly train to visit his ailing father in a sanatorium, which he discovers exists in a microcosm of warped time where his father might actually recover from approaching death.
Winner of the Special Jury Award at Cannes in 1973, Wojciech Has work is considered a fascinating penetration of the human psyche.

Tuesday 12 January - HOW TO BE LOVED

HOW TO BE LOVED (1960) 100 min
1963, on a plane to Paris, famous actress Felicja (Barbara Krafftówna) recalls the night in 1939 when she was an unknown, about to debut as Ophelia with her lover Wiktor (the legendary Zbigniew Cybulski) playing Hamlet. The production is aborted by the start of WWII, and Felicja takes a waitress job to avoid acting on a German stage.
After the war, Wiktor leaves to chase his own fame, yet when Wiktor and Felicja are reunited years later, the tables have turned.

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