A fascinating story of Warsaw’s iconic Rozycki Bazaar in Warsaw from its glory days to a gradual downfall in 1990s when it became the shadow of its former self. The big open-air market was built over a hundred years ago. Up to WW II, sellers were predominantly Jewish, and thus a story of the bazaar is inextricably connected with that of Warsaw’s sizeable Yiddish-speaking population. The film also shows how the market functioned during the war, when despite the Nazis’ punitive policies, many sellers bravely took part in Resistance activities. In the after-war years, the market, where one was able to buy Western goods, became an island of freedom in the grim reality of Stalinist oppression, and an inspiration for writers and artists.
(1959, Lodz – 2022, Krakow). Film director and art historian, active both in Polish and French film industry. Graduated in history of art from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the Sorbonne. Emigrated to France in 1983 where he collaborated with Video Kontakt. Since 1987, he directed nearly 40 TV projects for various French media outlets including ARTE, Canal+ and Gaumont. Founder of the “Free Cinema” Festival organized by the Cinematheque Francaise. Upon his return to Poland he was a Head of Documentary TVP 1, 2004 – 2006.
2023 Always Fresh Money (Zawsze swiezy oieniadz)
2020 War of the Worlds (Wojna swiatow)
2018 Independence (Niepodleglosc)
2013 To Die for Warsaw (Umrzec za Warszawe)
2011 Knights of the Teutonic Order (Krzyzacy)
2006 Mysteries of Vatican (Tajemnice Watykanu)
2005 A L’est de L’Europe (This Is Europe)
2002 Priest’s Mill (Ksiezy mlyn)
1992 Natasha (Natasza)
Saturday 11/11/23 8:45 pm.
Thursday 30/11/23 7:00 pm.
(1112 North Milwukee Ave., Chicago)
2023, 85 min, Poland
Polish with English subtitles
FEATURE AND DOCUMENTARY