Today we recommend THE DIVINE PLAN by Robert Orlando, extremely interesting documentary with the director in attendance; Q&A moderated by Prof. Chris Swider will follow. The film is in English, no Polish subtitles. The screening starts @ 7:00 PM. in Copernicus Center.

The president and a pope were the unlikely pair who combined deep faith with political acumen and a shared revulsion for the evil of Soviet Communism. John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the dramatic end of the Cold War remains the least-known story of the twentieth century. This is a story that involves two assassination attempts, KGB scheming, CIA intrigue, and the final act to topple the Soviet Empire.

Tomorrow, in Copernicus Center @ 7:00 PM., as well. Another smashing documentary THE CASE OF JOHANNA LANGEFELD by Wladyslaw Jurkow and Geburg Rhode-Dahl, a story that only life can write.

The filmmakers explore the unknown story of Johanna Langefeld, chief guard of the Nazi concentration camps for women at Auschwitz and Ravensbrück, who escaped from Montelupich prison in Cracow on December 23, 1946 while she awaited trial for Nazi war crimes. Her escape was made possible by Polish survivors of the Ravensbrück concentration camp. For ten years, she hid from the Polish authorities before returning to Germany in 1957. This story was kept secret for many years because its disclosure meant certain punishment for both the German guards and the Polish prisoners who enabled her escape.

On Thursday, 11/14 @ 7:30 PM. in AMC Village Crossing 18 DOLCE FINA GIORNATA, a very interesting feature by Jacek Borcuch (All That I Love) with Kasia Smutniak and Krystyna Janda who received the Best Actress Award at the recent Sundance FF.

The story is set in the Etruscan town of Volterra, a tightly knit community where everyone knows and respects each other. Maria, a Polish poet, lives nearby in a small hilltop house. A Nobel Prize winner, she is considered a moral authority. Her life follows the rhythm of the Italian countryside until she receives the news of a shocking and tragic event. At a ceremony making her an honorary citizen of the Volterra, Instead of graciously saying thank you, she is driven by emotion to give a speech that is shockingly politically incorrect. From this moment on she will experience the unpleasant consequences of this unfortunate public appearance.

Over the weekend, SOLID GOLD, thriller by acclaimed director Jacek Bromski (Kill Me, Cop; Art of Loving: Safe Heaven – PFFA Golden Teeth Award 1998), the movie which has become the most controversial film in Poland this year despite not having its theatrical release yet. The only showing is at AMC Village Crossing 18 @ 5:30 PM.

This controversial film by Jacek Bromski is a political thriller that echoes the Amber Gold Scandal. Nowicki, a ranking high officer of the Poland’s Central Investigation Bureau, selects a group of policemen to investigate huge pyramid schemes carried out by criminals whose highly placed political connections protect them from prosecution.

Also, THE MESSENGER by Wladyslaw Pasikowski (Pigs, Jack Strong), based on a fascinating life story of Jan Nowak-Jezioranski. It’s ideal family movie. Two screenings are held in Copernicus Center on 11/16 @ 6:00 PM. and in AMC Village Crossing 18 on 11/17 @ 3:00 PM.

Shortly before the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, Jan Nowak-Jezioranski traveled as a courier for the Polish Home Army from Warsaw to London and back. This film is inspired by his story. Crossing war-torn Europe as an emissary for the Home Army’s Commander-in-Chief, Jan Nowak carries the crucial message that there will be no Allied support of an uprising in Warsaw. He sets out from London hoping to prevent the uprising that he believes is doomed to failure. Arriving in Nazi occupied Poland, the German’s threatening his every step, he must reach Home Army Headquarters to deliver his message before the order is given to start the uprising. With Poland’s freedom or enslavement in the balance, the stakes could not be higher.

Tickets can be purchased on and by phone @ 773-486-9612.

AMC Village Crossing is located at 7000 N. Carpenter Ave. (by Central Ave.). The Copernicus Center is located at 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. (by I-90). Both theatres have ample free parking.The Polish Film Festival in America will be held from November 9th to 24th in three main locations. The program includes nearly 80 feature, documentary and animated films. The festival is dedicated to Milos Stehlik, eminent promoter of East European Cinema in America, great expert and friend of Polish film.

A full PFFA schedule can be found @ Additional information can be also obtained @ 773-486-9612

Additional info can be obtained and tickets can be purchased and a full PFFA schedule can be found @  and by phone @ 773-486-9612.

Major 31. PFFA sponsors are:  Senate of the Republic of Poland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Polish Film Institute, Star-Tech Glass, Copernicus Foundation and Society for Arts.

Main media sponsors are:  Polskie Radio 1030 AM &104.7 FM., iTVN, Onet, Dziennik Zwiazkowy oraz Monitor.

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