Chicago edition of ‘Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’

From May 4 through July 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center hosts “Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema,” a series of seventeen films from some of Poland’s most accomplished and lauded filmmakers, spanning the period from 1957-1987. Filmmakers represented in the series include Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Wajda, and Tadeusz Konwicki.

In December 2011, filmmaker Martin Scorsese traveled to Poland to accept an honorary doctoral degree from The Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School in Łódź. There, Mr. Scorsese met with digital restoration expert Jedrzej Sabliński, and the two men came up with the idea of a North American tour of a series of restored Polish cinema classics. Chosen by Mr. Scorsese from an extensive catalogue of digitally restored films, each film has been digitally re-mastered and brilliantly restored on newly subtitled DCPs. The program was created and organized by Mr. Scorsese’s non-profit organization, The Film Foundation.

A list of films screenings as part of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series is available at

The project ‘Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ encompassing all of the United Stated and Canada, has been spearheaded by the Propaganda foundation ( The Chicago edition of Martin Scorcese Masterpieces of Polish Cinema is held under the patronage of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.


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