Four Nights with Anna
Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland/France, 2008). A lonely crematorium worker, treated as a social outcast, spies on a just-as-lonely woman, but then begins to enter her home as she sleeps, in Skolimowski’s mood-drenched, penetrating study of obsession and love. “An amazing film, hard, compact, and nonetheless funny” (Cahiers du Cinéma). Repeated on August 7. (87 mins)
Series Title: Hands Up! Essential Skolimowski
Actor, director, poet, painter, boxer: Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski is a man of many roles. A key figure in the groundbreaking Polish New Wave of the 1960s, his early films such as Identification Marks: None, Barrier, and Walkover encapsulated the alienation and restlessness of a generation of young Eastern Europeans coming of age against not only an older, established generation, but an entire system of bureaucratic confinement. His films, with their constantly on-the-move characters and relentlessly flowing camerawork (Walkover is comprised of only thirty-four takes), are taut with a raw power and a stifled energy that surprise to this day; after falling afoul of censors with the radical allegory Hands Up! Skolimowski himself was soon stifled.