In 1980s Poland, as dissatisfaction with the Soviet regime is slowly coming to a boil, high-schooler Janek and the other members of his punk band use their music to rail against the establishment. Offstage, Janek is much more conflicted. With a naval-officer father and a girlfriend whose own father is under investigation by the state, Janek’s coming of age is fraught with conflict between his ideals and his desire to protect the ones he loves.
Polish with subtitles, 95 min.
Sara prepares a surprise for her wife’s birthday, but all does not go according to plan in Birthday.
Swedish with subtitles, 18 min.
Years ago, Michal left his small town behind when he set off for university in the city. When work brings him back to his hometown, his plans to avoid running into anyone are thwarted after he inadvertently runs over a stranger. Forced to stay in town during the investigation, Michal must confront the choices he has made. Moody and gorgeous, Erratum contemplates parallel questions: can you ever leave your past behind, and can you ever really go home?
In 1960s Poland, the totalitarian government seeks to disgrace an acclaimed writer whom they suspect of Zionist sympathies. Rozek, a thuggish agent in the secret police, convinces his beautiful, adoring lover Kamila to keep tabs on the distinguished academic. Over time, Kamila grows closer to her quarry, but her loyalties soon become divided in this tale of love, espionage, and politics.
Polish with subtitles, 118 min.
After 18 years in the U.S., a suburban Chicago family is torn apart by deportation orders. With Janina and 6-year-old Brian trapped in Poland, Tony channels his fury into a years-long crusade to bring his family home and fix the broken U.S. immigration system. His trajectory crosses with Chicago’s political heavyweights, including a rising-star senator named Barack Obama, in this emotionally urgent, galvanizing documentary.
English, Polish with subtitles, 81 min.