(in Polish with English Subtitles)
Date: Wednesday, February 20th
Place: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street
Price: $10/$5 students
There will be a reception and discussion with the director following the screening
The film tells the inspiring story of Borys Voznytsky, longtime Director of the Lviv National Art Gallery who in the face of Soviet tyranny fought relentlessly to preserve some twelve thousand works of sacred art, hidden at the St. Bernard Monastery in Olesko, Ukraine until this day. The Guardian of the Past garnered awards at documentary festivals in Los Angeles (2005), Kyiv (2006) and Moscow (2007).
About Borys Voznytsky:
Borys Voznytsky, longtime Director of the Lviv National Art Gallery, honorary member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine, and doctor emeritus of the Krakow Pedagogical Academy, devoted his life to Ukrainian and Polish art, traveling around Ukraine and its abandoned churches in search of neglected treasures such as icons, liturgical objects, and other remnants of religious art. The expeditions in which he involved art historians and enthusiasts saved about twelve thousand museum-worthy artifacts, which otherwise would have been destroyed as a part of the Soviet campaign against religion. Among the artifacts Voznytsky saved were remnants of a Baroque altar by Johann Pinsel (Jan Jerzy Pinzel) in Horodenka and a relief sculpture by Karl Albert Thorvaldsen on the Poninski family tombstone in Horyniec-Zdroj. Late in his career, Voznytsky’s search broadened to explore the churches of later eras. He died tragically in a car accident in the spring 0f 2012.
About the Director:
Malgorzata Maria Potocka (b. 1953) is a Polish actress, director and producer. She studied acting (1975-78) and directing (1978-82) at the National Film School in Lodz, Poland. In 1985 she attended the Millenium Film Workshop in New York and lectured at the Boston Arts Academy and other universities across the US. She is most famous for her role in Andrzej Wajda s Everything for Sale (1968), and she starred in The Crystal Ball (1972) by StanisBaw Ró|ewicz and in the Circus is Leaving (1982), directed by Krzysztof WierzbiaDski.
Ms Potocka is known as a producer of experimental films, as well as numerous music videos, TV programs, and photographs. Her works have been shown in Warsaw, Krakow, Paris, Budapest and New York. As a member of Society for Creators of Culture and the Polish Filmmakers Association since 1980, Ms Potocka is involved in promoting Polish art and culture abroad, and is renowned for her avant-garde films and art documentaries. For her acting, Ms Potocka has garnered multiple awards, such as Zbigniew Cybulski Award (1975), two awards at the Warsaw Film Festival (1986) as well as Critics Award at the Munich Film Festival (1997).