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A Stanisław Lem Centennial Screening Series in the United States

May 19, 2021

A Stanisław Lem Centennial Screening Series in the United States
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Our Embassy has teamed up with the AFI Silver Theatre Cultural Center and the Polish Film Festival Miami to present selected films inspired by Stanisław Lem’s literary legacy.

To mark the centennial of Polish literary icon Stanisław Lem (1921–2006), Poland has declared 2021 the "Year of Stanisław Lem," with dozens of events and artistic projects being organized to mark the occasion across the world.

Perhaps best known worldwide as the author of the 1961 novel, "Solaris," Stanisław Lem produced dozens upon dozens of novels, stories and essays throughout his nearly 60-year career. Renowned particularly for his work in the realm of science fiction, Lem's artistic output covers a plethora of genres, encompassing memoirs, accounts of his wartime experiences and philosophical texts. His science fiction narratives themselves often take unexpected and experimental forms, extending freely into the territories of philosophy and satire to create worlds that to contemporary eyes eerily prefigure everything from Google to virtual reality and smartphones.

This series spotlights some of the many eclectic, cinematic adaptations of Lem's work, from filmmakers as diverse as Andrei Tarkovsky (SOLARIS [1972]) and Andrzej Wajda (ROLY POLY) to Ari Folman (THE CONGRESS) and Steven Soderbergh (SOLARIS [2002]). The presentation will also include IKARIS XB-1 and HIS MASTER’S VOICE, Lem’s inspired films produced in Central Europe, where Lem’s heritage has been particularly strong. The screenings are accompanied by  introductions from film and literature experts: Michał Oleszczyk, a renowned Polish film critic and scholar, Marek Piestrak, the director of INQUEST OF PILOT PIRX, Tomasz Kolankiewicz,  the artistic director of the Gdynia Polish Film Festival, Eliza Rose, an assistant  professor of Central European Studies at the University of North Carolina and sci-fi literature expert, and Gabriel Paletz, a professor of Film History at the Prague Film School.

For all films screening online in AFI Silver's Virtual Screening Room, click here to get tickets. All films screening online via the Polish Film Festival Miami plus introductions from our special guests are available for free – just visit movies.pffmiami.com.

All films are only available for viewers in the United States due to licensing rights.


Embassy of the Republic of Poland

in Washington D.C.