MARIE CURIE. THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE, a very new Polish-French-German co-production, directed by Marie Noelle and starring Karolina Gruszka, Charles Berling, Daniel Olbrychski, Iza Kuna, Arieh Worthalter and Piotr Glowacki will officially open the 28th Polish Film Festival in America on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM. in Muvico 18 (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont).

The movie about Marie Sklodowska-Curie, physicist, chemist and pioneer in the study of radioactivity, has just premiered on the world scene at the Toronto International Film Festival, to rave reviews and accolades from a general public on all sold out screenings.

Sklodowska-Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the first person to win it twice. Also, she was the first female professor at the University of Paris where faced the antagonism of France’s male-dominated academic establishment. She did not avoid controversy of that kind that still threatens to end the careers of public figures today. The monumental biography brings to life Marie Curie’s fascinating story of discovery, heartbreak, and triumph.

The movie depicts the extraordinary union between the protagonist and her husband Pierre, the father of her children, the partner in research, and also co-winner of the first Nobel prize. When Pierre is killed in a tragic accident, it’s up to Marie to continue their work. However, as a woman and a foreigner, she has to fight doubly fierce resistance. She is almost destroyed by revelations about her relationship with a married colleague. She perseveres.

Karolina Gruszka gives electrifying performance as Marie Curie, bringing to life the visionary woman, at the same time self-disciplinedand vulnerable, a very complicated and fascinating human being.

The movie is in French with English subtitles. A running time is 95 min. There will be only one screening of MARIE CURIE.

The screening is planned to be attended by director/producer Marie Noelle, actress Karolina Gruszka, producer Mikolaj Pokromski and make-up artist Waldemar Pokromski, the 2010 recipient of the PFFA “Wings” Award.

A brief on-stage discussion is scheduled to follow the screening.

Invitations for the Opening Night are available by phone at 773-486-9612 and at the PFFA main box-office. The capacity is very limited. All Opening Night participants will receive valuable gift bags.

The Opening Screening will be proceeded by a concert of Tanguillo Quintet, the inspiring and internationally acclaimed musicians from the Maria Curie Sklodowska University (UMCS) of Lublin.

The Polish Film Festival in America is the most comprehensive annual exhibition program of promoting Polish cinema outside of Poland. Established in 1989 and organized by the Society for Arts, 501 (c) 3 arts institution, the festival presents the best of new Polish film productions of all genres: feature, documentary and animation.

Major sponsors of the 28th PFFA are: LOT Polish Airlines, Society for Arts, IVY Hotel, Star-Tech Glas, Inc

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