"The Palace" by Tomasz Wolski screens at Frontline Club

The screening will be introduced by Urszula Chowaniec, Ph.D., specialist in Polish literature and culture, contextualising the special position of The Palace of Culture and Science in Polish society.

 

 

Friday, 22 February at 7pm

at Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place
London W2 1QJ

Tickets: standard10 £ / 8 £ concession
http://www.frontlineclub.com/the-palace/

The Palace
Directed by Tomasz Wolski
Duration: 82′
Year: 2012

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw was a despised gift from Stalin and after the fall of communism, some suggested pulling it down. Today, the palace is still standing, and is home to a theatre, a concert hall, a cinema, a swimming pool, and hundreds of offices.

Director Tomasz Wolski takes us on a cinematic journey through what is more than just a building: The Palace of Culture and Science is both a reflection of Poland’s everyday life and its rich history. Wolski also shows how the building is kept alive, how the Soviet machines are still working 50 years on.

Urszula Chowaniec, Ph.D., teaches at University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies, where she is also head of  eMigrating Lanscapes, a project on literary and artistic representations of emigration. She is currently writing a book on the notion of displacement as seen in literature in post-communist Poland.

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