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Decade of Independence

This section offers 15 films distributed in Poland over the last decade. Some are better known, others less, but each selection set film trends that remain relevant. Importantly, they also contravene the image of the United States as a cinematic supermarket dominated by commercial blockbusters.

The films bear out the influence of independent filmmakers on American cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. Independent films later became the hallmark of American filmmaking, with Robert Redford, his Sundance Institute, and the digital revolution provoking radical changes in financing and distributing these productions, as well as Hollywood’s involvement in independent productions. So began many a great careers that peaked in the last 10 years: the formally radical and unabashedly homosexual Gus van Sant (Gerry, Paranoid Park), Jim Jarmusch who eschews the trappings of plot (The Limits of Control), Darren Aronofsky with his images of extremes (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler), the genre-juggling Coen brothers (Man Who Wasn’t There), or the teaser of the American middle class, Todd Solondz (Palindromes). Selections include daring and intimate experiments like Jonathan Caouette’s autobiographical Tarnation, video artist’s Miranda July’s Me and You, and Everyone We Know, and Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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