Outdoor cinema“The Clock of Life”

CSC’s outdoor cinema will offer Friday screenings, each devoted to topics close to our hearts. Our screenings will be preceded by short interviews with invited experts who will tell us about their passions and share their knowledge. We will present ambitious auteur films and ask questions that stir emotions in every one of us.

This year we’ll invite you to watch two thematic series: In July, the theme was “Paradise Lost”: a story of what we are losing and gaining as a result of technological and scientific development.

In August we will invite to the series entitled “The Clock of Life”, devoted to sexual development of humans starting from infancy and through to old age. The film screenings will be introduced by Olga Woźniak.


August 29, 9 p.m.
A SIMPLE LIFE, directed by Ann Hui, Hong Kong 2011

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“A Simple Life” takes place in Hong Kong but this story could happen anywhere in the world. For her whole life, Ah Tao has worked as a maid and nanny in a house of a rich Chinese family. Now that she is over 80 and had another heart attack, she decides to move out to a nursing home – discreetly, without a single complaint. In this new environment, where privacy is relative and death is omnipresent, Ah Tao seems to slowly prepare for the last stage of her life. But she is not forgotten by a child she took care of, now adult son of her ex-employers. The film director, Ann Hui, asks about the place of elderly people in the modern world while presenting a touching story about a deep, intergenerational bond between two people.

Where are the elderly? A life on the margins of an eternally young society.
Invited guest: Paweł Kubicki, Ph.D. – an economist and a social politician, an assistant professor at the School of Economics and a researcher at the Educational Research Institute. A constant collaborator of many non-governmental organizations working for elderly people.

Previous screenings:

June 27, 9 p.m.
A RIVER CHANGES COURSE, directed by Kalyanee Mam, Cambodia 2013

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Our summer film adventure will begin with the laureate of Sundance festival’s main award for documentaries. “A River Changes Course” is a story of three families from contemporary Cambodia, all witnessing profound changes in the cultures of their local communities. Degradation of the natural environment, disappearance of traditional craft and young people’s exodus to large cities; the films shows the global processes we are all subject to in a nutshell.  “A River Changes Course” is a moving, aesthetically perfect picture of an exotic paradise that is slowly disappearing into the past. The portraits of a teenage fisherman or a young girl forced to seek work in a city leave a lasting impression. The film strikes with its overwhelming formal beauty and deep humanism. At CSC, we will be proud to host its first Polish screening. Don’t miss the film!

BEFORE THE SCREENING: Closer to nature: where exactly? On idea-driven people and practitioners of sustainable development.
Invited guest: Paweł Sroczyński – initiator of the Cohabitat, a project that redefines the notion of progress and restores the balance in the relationship between humans and the environment. Paweł is a proponent of regenerative open source economy and low-tech solutions for the creation of human habitats.

July 4, 9 p.m.
PROJECT NIM, directed by James Marsh, USA 2011

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In 1973, a chimpanzee was born and named Nim “Chimpsky” to honour the famous linguist, Noam Chomsky. The chimp’s name was no coincidence as it was to become the missing link between the world of humans and that of animals. Raised by humans and taught sign language, the chimp was a scientific experiment from the very start. James Marsh’s documentary presents the animal’s life based on the accounts of the people who looked after Nim. As we are watching the film we keep asking ourselves the question: are we really able to linguistically communicate with animals? And if it is possible, then who benefits more: humans or animals? Furthermore, what happens to the animal when the experiment is over?

BEFORE THE SCREENING: Who’s talking to whom? On humans, animals and Doctor Dolittle.
Our guest: Dorota Sumińska
– veterinary doctor; apart from treating animals, she has been an active writer, journalist and educator for many years now.

July 11,  9 p.m.
THE GLEANERS AND I, directed by Agnès Varda, France 2000

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This documentary, made by the legend of French film making, has received multiple awards. Like a gifted poet and psychologist, Agnès Varda tracks in her films the nuances on the fringe of everyday life that are often missed by the general public.  The film’s theme is gleaning, a century-old custom of collecting leftover crops after harvests - a tradition that has recently taken a new shape in cities. By showing non-standard potatoes that didn’t make it through EU vegetable selection processes or old electronic appliances left behind on the streets of Paris, the director brings attention to how indifferent we are to our everyday wastage. “The Gleaners and I” is not merely a story with a moral, though, but a fascinating collection of human portraits.

BEFORE THE SCREENING: Do you know what you’re wasting? Recycling doesn’t have to be boring! On contemporary wasters and gleaners.
Invited guest: Katarzyna Barc – founder of the website OddamOdpady.pl, she has been animating the Polish upcycling movement for 3 years now, learning the intricacies of home recycling, responsible design and the associated ethical issues. Katarzyna has organised a workshop team and a number of recycling workshops beside co-organising other social and artistic campaigns. She also writes a DIY blog, and in her spare time she makes recycled jewellery from old electrical waste and packaging.

July 18, 9 p.m.
GATTACA, directed by Andrew Niccol, USA 1997

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Will the homo sapiens accelerate the evolution of its own species thanks to the development of science? Is there an era of new eugenics ahead of us, based on the findings of genetics and pharmacology? One of the most interesting science fiction movies addressing these questions is beyond doubt “Gattaca”, with unforgettable roles played by Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. Gattaca is a dark and aesthetically exquisite film depicting humankind divided into two groups as a result of our quest for perfection: the “improved” people and the ones conceived naturally. Vincent is a representative of the latter, “worse” category. He will have to be smart, courageous and madly determined in order to make his deepest dream come true.

BEFORE THE SCREENING: Are we able to accelerate our evolution? A short story on the natural and the synthetic.
Invited guest: Joanna Różyńska, PhD
– researcher at Warsaw University’s Institute of Philosophy, member and secretary of the Bioethics Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Joanna Różyńska is a graduate of studies in philosophy, bioethics, law and sociology. For many years she has been working in the field of ethical challenges resulting from the dynamic development of knowledge and biomedical technology.

July 25, 9 p.m.
THE ISLAND PRESIDENT, directed by Jon Shenk, USA 2011

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The film’s main character is Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives, an archipelago country of more than 1,000 islands. Due to rising water levels of the Indian Ocean, Nasheed has to campaign for the survival of his country. Nicknamed by the media “the green Gandhi”, Mohamed Nasheed uses all known marketing tricks to publicize the catastrophic situation of his motherland. The core of the story is the preparation stage before the Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 2009 where decisions were to be made regarding reduction of global CO2 emissions. In the film we see how the interests of developing and developed countries collide in the midst of the political frenzy preceding the summit. Are we still able to talk about the looming climate change beyond political divisions?

BEFORE THE SCREENING: Is it the right climate now to talk about climate change? On scientifically proven facts and global politics.
Invited guest: Aleksandra Kuraś, PhD,
a specialist in physics of the atmosphere and an educator. She has conducted research into clouds and atmospheric aerosol. For many years she has co-taught the course “Meteorology through the Internet”. Aleksandra Kuraś is also the editor of the website www.naukaoklimacie.pl

August 1, 9 p.m.
RICKY, directed by Francois Ozon, France/Italy 2009

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How does the world look like from the perspective of an infant? The answer lies somewhere between maternal intuition and results of scientific research. We cannot deny, though, that every baby, with her peculiar gestures and babbling, resembles an alien we try to make contact with. In the movie “Ricky”, Francois Ozon tells us a story where an innocent metaphor turns into reality. In the Amiens suburbs in northern France, a blond boy with huge blue eyes is born. And it probably would not be surprising if not for the fact that little Ricky grows wings…

What language do infants speak? Introduction to the crawling human’s dictionary.
Invited guest: Przemysław Tomalski, Ph.D. – Head of Neurocognitive Development Lab at the Psychology Department of the University of Warsaw. In 2012 he founded the first infant psychology lab in Poland – BabylabUW. In 2009 he was awarded a PhD degree at the University of London, and up to 2012 he worked on postdoctoral dissertation at the University of East London in England, where he conducted studies on the poverty influence on cognitive and brain development of small children. His research interests include studies on the relationship of cognitive and brain development in the first years of a child’s life and studies on the early diagnosis and intervention methods for children with developmental disorders. Przemysław Tomalski is the author of the book about development of children in the families of gay and lesbian couples, “Untypical Families” (“Nietypowe rodziny”, published by the University of Warsaw, 2007) and of several articles in international magazines. His current studies are funded by the National Science Centre, the Ministry of Science and the Marie Curie programme of the European Comission.

August 8, 9 p.m.
TOMBOY, directed by Celine Sciamma, France 2011

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Adolescence is the period of intense searching. Each of us has a unique story about the first steps of entering adult life. We are offering you the story of 10-year-old Laura, who, along with her family, moves to another city. Her new peers take her for a boy but Laura does not put them right; instead, Laura introduces herself as Mikaël. By taking up the difficult subject of identity of a growing up child, Celine Sciamma’s film distinguishes itself by gentleness and tact, confirmed by the numerous awards at international film festivals.

In the labyrinth of adolescence – how to get through it and not get lost?
Invited guest: Katarzyna Miller – a psychotherapist, columnist, poet, writer. Published several therapeutic guides, a few books of poetry and short stories. The majority of her books are bestsellers. In 2014, the WAB publishing house published her book “To Be a Woman and Get Crazy at Last” (“Być kobietą i wreszcie zwariować”). Katarzyna Miller writes for “Zwierciadło” and is often invited to radio and TV shows.

August 15, 9 p.m.
AWAY WE GO, directed by Sam Mendes, USA/GB 2009

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A road movie, a romantic comedy or a subtle drama – we got used to the fact that the work of Sam Mendes, the creator of Oscar-winning “American Beauty”, elude unambiguous conventions. “Away We Go” tells a story of building the family nest. A couple of months prior to the birth of their first child, thirty-something Burt and Verona decide to find the perfect place for starting their family. When visiting their relatives and friends, Burt and Verona travel not only through subsequent states of America but also through completely different parenting approaches.

Why do we couple? A few words about starting the family – no lecturing on morality.
Invited guest: Prof. Barbara Tryjarska – works at the Department of Child and Family Clinical Psychology at the Psychology Department at the University of Warsaw. Barbara Tryjarska is the author of “Life Scripts vs Open and Hidden Conflicts in Marriage” (“Skrypty życiowe a konflikty jawne i ukryte w małżeństwie”), the co-author of “How to Help Oneself, Your Family and Others” (“Jak pomagać sobie, rodzinie i innym”) and the editor and co-author of “Closeness in Family. Bonding in Childhood and Disorders in Adulthood” (“Bliskość w rodzinie. Więzi w dzieciństwie a zaburzenia w dorosłości”).

August 22, 9 p.m.
AUTUMN TALE, directed by Eric Rohmer, France 1998

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Eric Rohmer’s “Autumn Tale” is like a well-composed wine that relaxes the mind and whets the appetite. In an unpretentious and witty manner, the master of French cinema presents the world of forty- and fifty-year-olds – people fulfilled at work and experienced, yet still as vulnerable and sensitive in the emotional sphere as their adolescent children. Magala, an owner of a small vineyard, is lonely. Her closest friend, Isabelle, decides to post a matrimonial ad on Magala’s behalf – but without her knowledge. The ex-fiancée of Magala’s son also decides to become a matchmaker, and this only further complicates the love life of all the characters.

The second youth or the midlife crisis? How to enjoy the second half of your life?
Invited guest: Agnieszka Wróblewska – a psychotherapist and a coach, the co-founder of psychotherapy and Process-Oriented Psychology Academy coaching centre (Akademia Psychologii Zorientowanej na Proces). Agnieszka Wróblewska is a leader of psychotherapy and development groups, she delivers training programmes and supervises therapists, and works with actors on building their roles. Along with Tomasz Teodorczyk and “Film jeden, dwa” association (Film One, Two) she creates an original workshop programme for scriptwriters.


Every Friday in summer starting from June 27
until August 29.
Screenings start at 9 p.m.

Admission free, subject to availability of seats.


The summer stage at the back of the Copernicus Science Centre. In adverse weather conditions the events will be moved to the Centre’s main building.