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Film Screening & Discussion. Solaris Mon Amour & Handful of Dirt

Please join the Museum of the Moving Image and the Harriman Institute for a screening of Solaris Mon Amour (Poland, 2023), followed by a discussion with director Kuba Mikurda.

The same year that Alain Resnais’s masterpiece Hiroshima mon amour was released, science fiction writer and theorist Stanisław Lem began writing his influential novel Solaris, an artistic confluence that inspires this wholly original and emotionally resonant found footage film, which underscores the theme of post-traumatic memory that informs both texts. Mikurda, editor Laura Pawela, and composer/sound designer Marcin Lenarczyk bring together clips from 70 films produced by the Educational Film Studio in Lodz in the 1960s, as well as the first radio adaptations of Solaris, to create an entrancing, spectral incantation of loss, mourning, and memory.

In Polish with English subtitles.


This film will be preceded by Handful of Dirt (Poland, 2023) and discussion with director Izabela Zubrycka.

Halina is one of the last funeral singers in Podlasie. Her son Andrzej is a gravedigger. Over the years, they’ve helped thousands of people cross over to the other side, forever bridging life and death, the quotidian with the spiritual, song and silence.

In Polish with English subtitles.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.

Use code harriman10 at checkout for a discount on this event or on an All Festival Pass.

Kuba Mikurda is a director and a film scholar who has travelled a path from film critic to creator of award-winning documentaries. He studied psychology and philosophy and is a self-taught filmmaker and has worked at Canal+ Polska and now teaches at the National Film School in Łódź. His documentaries also include Love Express: The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk (2018) and Escape to the Silver Globe (2021).

Izabela Zubrycka, born in 1998, was a student of Film and Television Directing at the Film School in Łódź, graduate of Journalism and Photography at the University of Warsaw and the Wajda School.