Ashes and Diamonds

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Ashes and Diamonds

  1. Sunday, September 25, 2011 6:30 p.m.
Ashes and Diamonds
On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment, we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki, who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar. But a mistake stalls his progress and leads him to Krystyna, a beautiful barmaid who gives him a glimpse of what his life could be. Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time. (16mm print provided courtesy of the British Film Institute. Polish language with English subtitles.) This screening is co-sponsored by Themester, the IU Polish Studies Center, and IU Cinema. The screening will be introduced by Professor Mikolaj Kunicki of the University of Notre Dame.