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Solaris Mon Amour

Friday, Mar 15, 2024 at 6:30 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

With directors Kuba Mikurda (Solaris Mon Amour) and Izabela Zubrycka (Handful of Dirt) in person 

Dir. Kuba Mikurda. Poland. 2023, 47 mins. In Polish with English subtitles. 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. North American premiere 

Preceded by: 
Handful of Dirt 
Dir. Izabela Zubrycka. 2023, 13 mins. Poland. In Polish with English subtitles. 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. North American premiere 

MoMI is pleased to partner with the Polish documentary festival Millennium Docs Against Gravity on this program co-presented with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). There is a $1.50 transaction fee per ticket for all online purchases. The cost of admission may be applied toward a same-day purchase of a membership. 

Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. 

A man with a beard smiles in profileKuba 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).


A woman with long hair looks in camera in close-upIzabela 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.