Martin Scorsese presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema
Double Feature! Ashes & Diamonds / The Last Days of Summer
dir. Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1958, DCP, b/w, Polish w/ English subtitles, 103 min.
Ashes & Diamonds is set on the last day of World War II and the first day of peace, and between them, a night that changes everything. Seen through the eyes of Maciek, a young Polish resistance soldier, the old is rapidly mixing with the new. In a few hours dawn will end the Nazi slavery of the country, but also will bring a new communist regime to Poland. This is not the independence the idealistic young man and his brothers in arms have been fighting and dying for. Should Maciek continue his combat when he wants so badly to live a normal, peaceful life? An iconic portrait of the dilemma of a whole generation in Poland, rooted in the literary tradition of great, tragic dramas of romanticism.
The Last Day of Summer
dir. Tadeusz Konwicki, Poland, 1958, DCP, b/w, Polish w/ English subtitles, 61min.
A subtle, almost quasi-documentary tale of a
confrontation between two lonely people — one from which true understanding
cannot seemingly result, The Last Day of Summer was the least expensive feature
film in the history of Polish cinema. The crew had only one Ariflex camera and
6,000 meters of black-and-white film to create this artistic masterpiece. The
idea? Two people meet on an empty beach. They can’t communicate. A crew of five
people took this ascetic screenplay and created an equally austere movie. The
film was awarded the Grand Prix in Venice for documentary and short films, as
well as the Grand Prix of the EXPO in Brussels and the First Prize of MFF in
Organized by: Propaganda Foundation, DI Factory, CRF and The Film Foundation.
In cooperation with: Kino RP, Tor, Zebra, Kadr and Janus Films.
Distributed by Milestone Film & Video.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Film Institute.
Honorary Patronage: the Embassy
of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., the Embassy of the Republic of
Poland in Ottawa, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York,
the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, the Consulate General
of the Republic of Poland in Montreal, the Consulate General of the Republic of
Poland in Toronto