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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Masterpieces of Polish Cinema: "Blind Chance" (1987)

Thu, September 11, 2014 • 7:30 PM • Marchesa Theater (6226 Middle Fiskville Rd)

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We at CREEES are proud to announce the second film in the Austin Film Society's "Masterpieces of Polish Cinema" series. Each of these films was selected by Martin Scorsese, who said of these films that "there are many revelations in the ‘Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ series, and whether you’re familiar with some of these films or not, it’s an incredible opportunity to discover for yourself the great power of Polish cinema, on the big screen in brilliantly restored digital masters."

In Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Blind Chance," twenty-year-old Witek Dlugosz rushes to make a train to Warsaw, his hometown, after the death of his father. Crashing into a man drinking beer, Witek is barely able to pull himself aboard by the final car’s handrail. On the train, he encounters an old communist, who convinces him to join the Communist Party. All seems fine until his beautiful lover Czuszka is arrested by the same party with which his allegiance lies. Their love falters, she rejects him, and Witek is left alone.

Back in the station, Witek crashes hard into the man drinking beer, delaying him enough to miss his train. On the railway, he smacks into a guard and is arrested. Angry, he joins the anti-Communist resistance, thus launching another sequence of events that leaves him alone and distrusted.

Finally, in the station again, Witek misses the train because he gets slowed down by the man with the beer, but stops to catch his breath, avoiding the guard from the second scenario. He sees Olga at the platform, the two return to her apartment, make a child, and get married. Witek finds the motivation to finish medical school, and with newfound responsibilities, he refuses to associate with any political party, avoiding the Communists completely and forging a happy life for himself. 

"Blind Chance" was heavily censored by the communist regime, due to its anti-Communist messages. The now restored version of the film comprises scenes never before been shown to the public. (Description courtesy of Milestone Films.) 

Admission is free for AFS Love and Premiere members, $5 for students with valid ID and AFS Make and Watch members, and $8 for all other attendees. Tickets can be purchased here.

Sponsored by: Austin Film Society


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