March 18 – 29
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Run Time: 110 minutes
A visual jewel in the vein of Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander," VENICE sees the world through the eyes of an imaginative boy named Marek who is coming-of-age in Poland in 1939. As war seems imminent, Marek is taken by his flighty mother from his military school to live in the crumbling manor that is his genteel family's home. Also in residence are his two creative aunts, his grandmother, a sexually curious servant girl, and his devout cousin Susie. As war begins to seep in through the magical woodlands surrounding the manor, Marek's mother leaves with a lover, men and boys go off to war, and those left behind face emotional and physical depravation. Marek, whose fondest dream is to one day visit Venice, persuades the family to take advantage of the flooded basement and turn it into a watery Venetian wonderland, complete with makeshift gondolas and musical performances softly lit by lanterns. As the seasons change and life at war goes on, Marek is confronted with the consequences of adult passions, which are almost more than he can bear. (In Polish with subtitles) -B.B.
Jan Jakub Kolski
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, ╔ric Toledano
Franšois Cluzet, Omar Sy
Jan Jakub Kolski comes from a family of filmmakers. He studied cinematography at the film school in Lodz, where he runs a screenplay workshop. He also lectures at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.
"Johnnie Waterman" (1993), "The Commander's Sword" (1996), "Pornography" (2003), "Jasminum" (2006), "Afonia and Honeybees" (2009), VENICE (2010)