Oscar-Nominated "Katyn": Century of Genocide Film Festival
Tue, Apr 16
3:00 PM — 5:00 PM
NAC160 Convent Ave.
"Katyn" tells the story of 22,000 Polish officers who were slaughtered by the Soviets in 1940.Andrzej Wajda's "Katyn" tells the story of the 22,000 Polish officers and others who were slaughtered by the Soviets in 1940.
"Katyn, which Andrzej Wajda directed when he was 81 years old - directed it as if he were half that age, directed it as if he were on fire - is a great movie.
—Mick LaSalle, SFGate.com
"Based on a novel by Andrzej Mularczyk, a veteran screenwriter of Wajda's generation, Katyn has an anthology quality. The opening scene, set on a Kraków bridge over the Vistula, tops a similar one in Agnieszka Holland's Europa Europa (and another in Schindler's List), with a panicky civilian mob in flight from the German advance running headlong into another crowd fleeing the Russians. As the action moves from bloody field hospital to fetid POW camp to Kraków's Jagiellonian University (where, in another set piece, the Nazis arrest the entire faculty), the filmmaking is robust. Wajda conducts the masses, orchestrates crane shots, and scatters the landscape with highly charged symbols. No movie has ever made the analogy between Hitlerism and Stalinism so visceral."
—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice