Archive for November, 2012

Mark your calendar for “An Evening with Agnieszka Holland”

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Award-winning Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland will be in Washington D.C. Friday, November 30th to host a Shabbat dinner, present her Oscar-nominated 1990 film Europa Europa and take part in a Q&A session hosted by local documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner (Partisans of Vilna). Holland is in town to accept the “Women of Vision” award on November 29th from the filmmaking collective “Women in Film and Video,” who is co-sponsoring Friday night’s festivities with the Ciesla Foundation. In her decades-long career, Holland has made amazing films and television in Poland, France, Germany and the United States and Europa Europa is certainly one of her best. The film follows the grotesque yet moving saga of Solomon Perel, a Jewish teenager who passes as a Nazi during World War II. Holland is at her best here, capturing the strangeness and absurdity of Solomon’s position, and Europa Europa stands out among Holocaust cinema as a truly unique vision. Aviva Kempner is a long time friend of Holland’s and their discussion should be lively and informative.

You can read more about this event and also buy tickets online at the website of the Washington D.C. JCC.

Welcome to the new Partisans of Vilna blog!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Stay tuned to this blog for updates and interesting tidbits regarding the Ciesla Foundation’s first film, Partisans of Vilna.