On the very first weekend PFFA line-up includes a splendid bio pic MLYNARSKI. THE FINAL SONG (2017, 91’) directed by Alicja Albrecht, the movie dedicated to the icon of Polish culture and one of the most popular singers and songwriters in the country’s history. The film will be simultaneously released in Polish cinemas.
Wojciech Mlynarski, who died this spring in the age of 75, is perhaps of the most revered personalities in a history of Polish entertainment. He succeeded in raising popular song to a level of art, writing poetic texts which are deeply rooted in Polish language and culture. Called Polish Jacques Brel, whose lyrics he also translated and performed, he was the man-institution, the man-orchestra, one of a very few who continually created for four generations of Polish audiences.
The film is a fascinating portrait of the charismatic artist and includes unknown recordings, biographic complexities and a lot of fantastic songs. Numerous archival materials were discovered and used for the very first time, showing Mlynarski’s life and career in its full scope, from his debut in a student club „Hybrydy” to performances in famous cabaret „Dudek” and others as well as his acclaimed appearances at the Polish Song Festival in Opole, the most important Polish song festival, where his songs received 25 main awards. The film is complemented by over thirty accounts of his closest friends, his family, outstanding collaborators, including well-known personalities: Janusz Gajos, Janusz Glowacki, Irena Santor, Krystyna Janda. These exceptionally frank uncensored stories make up a portrait of a unique artist but also a man with a clear flaw, struggling with his human weaknesses. And above all, it is the last and very personal, honest interview with a man who became a legend.
The movie is directed by an eminent filmmaker Alicja Albrecht who met Wojciech Mlynarski in 1990s while making another documentary about him Jeszcze gram w zielone.
The only two festival screenings of MLYNARSKI. THE FINAL SONG will be on Sunday, November 5th at 4:00 PM. in AMC Rosemont 18 (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave.) and Saturday, November 11th at 7:00 PM. in Facets Cinematheque (1517 West Fullerton Ave., Chicago).
Attention! The film is in Polish and may not have English subtitles due to an ongoing process of translating Mlynarski’s songs. Please check before the screening.
Other fascinating movies on subjects of Polish music in the 29th PFFA program include: GINTROWSKI about a famous bard of „Solidarity”, now a bit forgotten; REPUBLIKA – THE BIRTH OF THE LEGEND about the cult Polish rock band; FUGAZI. THE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE about the first music club in the post-communist Poland and its dramatic fate. All these films are English-subtitled.
Tickets for all movies can be purchased HERE or by calling 773-486-9612. For additional information you can also send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.