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Gospel According to Harry

dir. Lech Majewski, 1994, 88’

November 2, Thursday, 8 PM

Cinema Nowe Horyzonty
Kazimierza Wielkiego 19a-21

AMERICA AMERICA: Gospel According to Harry

America in the early 1990s, or rather a surrealist space of the Californian desert, with scattered furniture, computers and household appliances. This is where Wes (a young Viggo Mortensen) lives with his wife Karen (Jennifer Rubin), who is trying to persuade her husband to enlarge their family. Her mother (Rita Tushingham) comes to support her daughter, then Harry (Jack Kehoe), a tax clerk with a number of questions about the Wes’s tax return. This is just the beginning of strange events that director Lech Majewski, filmmaker, painter and writer, one of the most original Polish artists, set on Wes in the movie. Majewski’s rich metaphorical visual language, typical for his films, absurd humour and the music of an Oscar laureate, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, stand out in Gospel According to Harry. Made in collaboration with David Lynch’s studio, this independent production began Viggo Mortensen’s great career.

guest:  Lech Majewski (director)
Director, scriptwriter and film producer, poet, writer and painter, as well as theatre and opera director. Member of the Directors Guild of the American and European Film Academy, author of such films as Basquiat (1996, script), Wojaczek (1999, award for directing in Gdynia), The Garden of Earthly Delights (2003) and other titles presented at film festivals in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Rome and Rio de Janeiro. His videoart series Blood of a Poet and Bruegel Suite were shown at the Venice Biennale. In 2011, the premiere of his film The Mill and the Cross took place in Louvre, and in 2006 the Museum of Modern Art in New York honored his individual works with a retrospective.