Summer Cinema

The programme of the 3rd edition of Summer Cinema is a guide to modern cities. Each movie evening is a journey to another city, and each city is a story about the other development prospects. The film screenings will be preceded by the discussions with experts. The invited guests will show to what global trends the city of Warsaw is subject and which cities create the patterns that are worth imitating.

The discussions with the invited guests will be led by Adam Leszczyński, journalist and publicist working with the best editorial staffs in Poland (Gazeta Wyborcza, Polityka, Przekrój, Newsweek, National Geographic, Wiedza i Życie, Krytyka Polityczna).

5 July, at 21:00
Medianeras, dir. Gustavo Taretto | 95 minutes, Argentina, Germany, Spain, 2011

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A romantic story of two introverts looking for love. What does the life of today’s twenty-somethings from the generation of the Internet, text messages and antidepressants look like? How to find happiness in a big city? The film is also an exceptional essay on Buenos Aires – its unique and chaotic architecture, which literally affects human behaviour and emotions.

Before the movie, there will be a meeting with PhD Elżbieta Anna Sekuła – culture expert, sociologist from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, whose interests revolve around issues of the modern city, metropolisation,  public space and relationship between the processes of individualization and socialization in the context of late modern culture.

Subject of the meeting: Does the architecture affect our emotions?

12 July, at 21:00
Waydowntown, dir. Gary Burns | 87 minutes, Canada 2000

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A black comedy showing the human condition of the average employee of a corporation. A group of friends living in the city centre bet on who can last the longest without going outside. The life inside a modern behemoth of glass, concrete and steel is possible thanks to the connection system of overground and underground tunnels - between home, work and shopping centre.

Before the movie, there will be a meeting with PhD Jacek Wesołowski. Assistant Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Technical University of Łódź. He deals with the problems of urban renewal, including policy on sustainable transport.

Subject of the meeting: How not to get lost in the city of steel and glass?

19 July, at 21:00
Hate, dir. Mathieu Kassovitz | 95 minutes, France 1995

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One day in the life of three friends who grew up in the suburbs of Paris, which became the site of violent riots. This masterpiece of Kassovitz represents a society full of conflict, violence as well as ethnic and class divisions. The social ferment presented twenty years ago is still valid. Will we have to face the revolt of cities?

Before the movie, there will be a meeting with PhD Łukasz Jurczyszyn – sociologist, employee of Pułtusk Academy of Humanities and Collegium Civitas. He is a member of the Centre for Sociological Analysis and Intervention founded by Alain Touraine in Paris. One of the founders of the Analysis of Social Movements Group.

Subject of the meeting: Is the city a space of divisions or a promise of freedom?

26 July, at 21:00
Waste Land, dir. Lucy Walker | 90 minutes, United Kingdom 2010

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An inspiring documentary about the poor inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro. The recording of cooperation between artist Vik Muniz and a group of so-called "Catadores”, scavengers. A proof that the art can have a real impact on improving people’s lives.

Before the movie, there will be a meeting with Grzegorz Młynarski – sociologist, researcher and designer, author of the book "Open Government in Poland. Behind the scenes of the program Opengov", co-founder of the studio of urban transformation Sociopolis and the Kwiatkibratki studio. He usually examines the behaviour and motivations of urban population and analyses trends. He is a regular contributor to Digital Design Centre: Poland.

Subject of the meeting: How to design a healthy city?

2 August, at 21:00
Detropia, dir. Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | 90 minutes, USA 2012

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The award-winning Sundance Film Festival documentary about contemporary Detroit – a symbolic city of times of crisis, from which its inhabitants emigrate massively. A moving collage made of the comments of blogger, opera soloist, artists and performers and nightclub owner - people personally involved in the survival of the city and its material heritage.

Before the movie, there will be a meeting with PhD Joanna Kusiak – PhD student at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Warsaw. She studied philosophy, sociology and urban studies at the University of Warsaw and at Humboldt University in Berlin. She is a scholarship holder of Studienkolleg-zu-Berlin and Collegium Invisibile, and a co-founder and president of the Association DuoPolis.

Subject of the meeting: Who is responsible for the future of city?

9 August, at 21:00
Beijing Bicycle, dir. Xiaoshuai Wang | 113 minutes, Chine, Taiwan 2001

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A modern Beijing, seen through the eyes of a young man from the countryside who comes to the capital in the hope of a better life. A desired bike, his work tool and source of income, will connect his fate with the fate of a high school student and a native Pekingese. The film depicts a Chinese society in transition which is still functioning between the communist mentality and needs created by a modern capitalism. It is also a story of the city, whose appearance changes in an uncontrolled and violent way and where traditional Chinese houses give way to modern skyscrapers.

Before the movie, there will be a meeting with PhD Joanna Erbel – sociologist, urban activist and publicist. She writes her doctorate at the Institute of Sociology on the role of nonhuman actors in the transformation of urban space. She teaches at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Warsaw. Member of Krytyka Polityczna and Congress of Urban Movements. Curator of the New Situation in the Malta Festival in 2011. Equality glasses Award winner in 2013 in the category "Social Justice".

Subject of the meeting: How to be productive and not go crazy?

16 August, at 21:00
A Thousand Clowns, dir. Fred Coe | 118 minutes, USA 1965

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Murray is a rebel and eccentric in his thirties, for whom a gainful employment means giving up freedom. But when the social workers threaten to take away his beloved nephew, he decides to grow up to the role of foster father and begins a journey through New York City, in search of jobs. Murray is a professional comedian. By using a modern movie language, “A Thousand Clowns” shows a picture of Manhattan as an impressive human machine, in which every cog is focused on personal success. Will the main character manage to maintain a sense of freedom, while agreeing on rules that society imposes on him?

Before the movie, there will be a meeting with Martyna Obarska – editor of the cultural pages of the quarterly magazine "Res Publika Nowa". PhD student at the Institute of Polish Culture of the University of Warsaw, member of the Institute of Public Space Research group, author of MDM between utopia and everyday life.

Subject of the meeting: Urban lifestyle - fashion or philosophy?

23 August, at 21:00
Sleeper, dir. W. Allen | 89 minutes, USA 1973

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Woody Allen takes us on a slapstick journey into the future - the world without great cities, managed by the ghost-dictator who was killed by a rebel bomb ten months previously, and all that survives is his nose. The research team awakens neurotic New Yorker who was in hibernation for over a hundred years. Will he handle in a world of robots, free love and modified food?

Before the movie, there will be a meeting with Maciej Czeredys – architect and urban planner.  Participant of workshops, symposia, conferences on issues of protection of historic cities, he works in the urban office and prepares local zoning plans for the municipalities in the area of Mazowsze region.

Subject of the meeting: Where will we live in the future?


Discovery Park, stage next to the Planetarium
(in case of bad weather, the movies are screened inside – number of places is limited)



Free entrance