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Doctoral Film Club - vote for the film!

Doctoral Film Club - vote for the film!

The Culture Commission of the PhD Students’ Association of the Jagiellonian University invites you to vote for the film you would like to see at the next Doctoral Students’ Film Club, which will take place at the Pod Baranami Cinema on Thursday February 3rd.

You can vote until Sunday January 23rd by clicking the link to the following survey: 

This month, you can vote for the following films (the descriptions come from the distributor):


Gierek, Poland, directed by Michał Węgrzyn. 

Gierek is a film about a man who was a participant in the dramatic history of Poland in the twentieth century. Edward Gierek is one of the most important figures of the 20th century in the collective memory of the Polish people. Even though he stands in line with such figures as John Paul II, Jozef Pilsudski, or Lech Walesa, film industry hasn't noticed him yet. The producers, Janusz Iwanowski and Jolanta Owczarczyk, have decided to change this. The film is set in between 1970, when Edward Gierek became First Secretary of the Central Committee of the PZPR (Central Committee of the Polish United Worker's Party), and his internment twelve years later. This is not a political film, however. The audience will see Edward Gierek behind the scenes of his political power. Family relationships that have never seen the light of day are an essential part of this story. The filming was preceded by months of preparations and rehearsals with actors as well as appearance transformations. The film was shot in Katowice, Ustron, and Zawiercie in southern Poland as well as in Warsaw, Deblin and the Gdansk Shipyard. 


Licorice Pizza, USA, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson 

Licorice Pizza is the most tender and optimistic film by eight-time Academy Award nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood). Featuring Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn, and John C. Reilly, the film also has the debut role of Alain Haim of the musical trio Haim as well as eighteen-year-old Cooper Hoffman, the son of the great Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in 2014. 


The plot takes place in the early 1970s, a time of freedom, eclectic fashion, and revolutionary music. Presented with great tenderness and fondness for the era, the puppy love experienced by Alan and Gary growing up in Los Angeles is set against a backdrop of the filming of major productions in Tinseltown and great cultural changes during the period of free love. 


The film’s title, a tribute to the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, comes from youth culture in southern California in those days. Licorice Pizza is the name of a chain of record stores that operated between 1969 and 1986. In this way, Paul Thomas Anderson, born and raised in Los Angeles, refers to his own childhood. The story of “licorice pizza,” which was then a synonym for vinyl records is even older, as it stretches back to the 1960s. During a concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the musical duo Bud and Travis joked that when sales of their records was flagging, they could sell their records as “licorice pizza” after sprinkling sesame seeds on them. 


The Truffle Hunters, Italy/Greece/USA, dir. Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw 


This is a magical, charming, warm, and humorous film about people who found their own recipe for happiness. They have been hunting for truffles along with their dogs in the forests of Italy’s Piedmont region, and they cannot image doing anything else. 


Carlo, Enrico, Piero, and Sergio live outside Milan, where they have been hunting for the rare and expensive Alba truffles for years. This unusual delicacy is the lusted after by people all over the world who are ready to give almost anything for it. It turns out, however, that not everything is for sale everywhere. For this group of charming elderly Italians, this is not a gold rush, but rather a recipe for happiness that they find anew every day in Piedmont’s forests. 


Produced by Luca Guadagnino, the director of Call Me By Your Name, this exceptional document has thrilled audiences and critics alike.