THE FORBIDDEN GAZE. Censorship and the Cinema in Communist Poland

12 > 17 November 2019

Film retrospective curated by Tadeusz Lubelski
Organised by the Polish Institute of Rome and the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo
in conjunction with the Association of Polish Film-Makers, the Polish Film Institute,
Filmoteka Narodowa and with a contribution from Comarch Financial Services
in the context of the 7th edition of the Polish Film Festival CiakPolska
To tie in with the exhibition on Evasion Techniques. Subversive strategy and cocking a snook at authority in the Hungarian Avant-garde in the 1960s and '70 at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni


From Kieślowski and Agnieszka Holland to Żuławski and Skolimowski, many of the masters of the Polish cinema saw their work censured, cold-shouldered or banned outright by the Communist regime. Forced to make cuts and changes, or barred completely from the cinema theatre circuit, these often outstanding films had the courage to fly in the face of party directives and of the dominant ideology, revealing a reality that was a far cry from the picture cherished by official propaganda. To tie in with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the event that symbolised a democratic transformation process that swept through Eastern Europe and that began precisely in Poland, this retrospective sets out to air some of the masterpieces of that tragic era, which have been invisible for decades, in an effort to allow cinemagoers not only to discover dazzling examples of the film-maker's craft but also to reflect on the eternal clash between authority and freedom of expression.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Sala Cinema
Admission via steps in Via Milano 9a, Rome
Places will be assigned from one hour before the start of each screening.  Reservations may be made by membership card holders only.  There will no further admission once the event has started.


November 12, 2019 admission free
November 13, 2019 admission free
November 14, 2019 admission free
November 15, 2019 admission free