12th Annual Polish Film Festival

Hip Poles have a word for the 12th Annual Polish Film Festival playing at the Angelika Film Center: spoko. It means cool, neat. You'll be saying it a lot during the festival, because the programmers have outdone themselves this year. The festival opens impressively with Michal Kwiecinski's historical saga Jutro idziemy do kina (Tomorrow We're Going to the Movies), with its trio of happy-go-lucky 1938 school chums ready to conquer the world. Unfortunately, when their unlimited brave new world suddenly includes invading Nazis, the outlook goes very bleak indeed. From there, it's on to the grand passion of Pora umierac (Time to Die) starring the great 90-year-old Polish actress Danuta Szaflarska; the playful, small-town comedy U Pana Boga za miedza (God's Little Village); and the surreal short about a fight club for goldfish called, we kid you not, Szklana pulapka (Glass Trap). Jutro idziemy do kina screens at 7 p.m. today. Through November 8. 510 Texas. For a full schedule, call 713-225-1470 or visit www.forum-polonia-houston.com. $10.
Oct. 29-Nov. 1; Nov. 7-8, 2009
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D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
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