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        We are open to the whole world of movies. We want to show its variety. We avoid commercial productions. The majority of films we offer are based in Europe. We also present quite many Asian and South American cinema productions. You can see a movie from the festival of independent cinema in Soundance and films from far Iran, so original for the Europeans. You can see the best Hungarian comedy and the best Swedish drama. You can see a movie made under “dogma” assumptions and many other formal experiments. You can see controversies and human tragedies. You can feel emotions. Sometimes you can learn some truth about yourself... and many other interesting things.

        Film Culture Centre was established in March 1989. Since 1990 it has been functioning as a department of Artistic Exhibitions Office (present City Art Gallery). Throughout the years of its activity the cinema has become a brand-name and, first of all, we have become popular with our audience, some most regular members of which have been staying with us since the beginning.

        Film Culture Centre is a studio cinema. The presented films are usually arranged into series, thematic, problematic or monographic reviews. Our programme priority is European cinematography and Polish films, the showings of which accompany the visits of film makers. The following PERSONS have already visited Film Culture Centre: film directors: Magdalena and Piotr Łazarkiewicz, Mariusz Treliński, Jan Jakub Kolski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Feliks Falk, Wojciech Marczewski, Waldemar Krzystek, Wiesław Saniewski, Dariusz Gajewski, Magdalena Piekorz; actors: Janusz Gajos, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Bogusław Linda, Katarzyna Figura, Olaf Lubaszenko, Adrianna Biedrzyńska, Cezary Pazura, Iga Cembrzyńska, Jerzy Stuhr, Michał Żebrowski; composers: Zbigniew Preisner, Przemysław Gintrowski; film critics: Tadeusz Sobolewski, Maciej Maniewski, Jan F. Lewandowski and many other great representatives of home cinema.

        Film Culture Centre has worked out its constant forms of activity throughout the years of its existence. They include, among others, the REPLICAS OF FILM FESTIVALS. For many years there have been the replicas of the subsequent Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, Cracow Film Festival, Euroshots- European review of short cinema forms and annual showings of American Advertising Film, the best commercials included into the collection of Modern Museum of Fine Arts in New York. We also organize various REVIEWS: issue reviews (e.g. “Young people and values”, “Film for peace”, “Against violence”, “Biographies, myths and legends”, “At the borderline of cultures”, “Outsiders and rums”, “Our 20th century”), thematic reviews (“Exotic cinema”, “Cinema and religion”, “Film Polonica”, “New fantasy”, “Balkan’s rhythms”, “Film art gallery”), monographic reviews (among others: “Film directors lexicon”- 324 films, 238 film makers, Luc Besson, Coen Brothers, Monty Python, Andrzej Żuławski, David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Ennio Moricone, Juliette Binoche, Ingmar Bergman), retrospective reviews (Andrzej Tarkowski, Stanisłw Bareja, Jan Himilsbach and others) and series e.g. “Cinema individuals” or “Great débuts” . We take part in Filmostrada and in the series: “Era New Horizons”. We have our own cyclic event titled “Film European Union”, aimed at promotion of the cinema of Old Continent, mainly among young persons.

        There are also OCCASIONAL EVENTS e.g. Film All Souls’ Day, the review from the Karol Irzykowski Studio organized to commemorate its 10th anniversary; the concert of Krzysztof Komeda’s film music to commemorate the anniversary of his death, the review of the recent Andrzej Wajda’s films to celebrate his Oscar prize winning, showings of the best documentaries of Krzysztof Kieślowski to commemorate the anniversary of his death, film and commemoration event devoted to our city citizen, Kalina Jędrusik, etc. Film Culture Centre celebrated the one-hundred- year anniversary of cinema by showing the series: “My film fascinations” presenting favourite films of famous residents of Częstochowa: Łukasz Wylężałek, Jacek Pałucha, Wojciech Prażmowski, Yanina and Marcin Pospieszalski. The event-related reviews are also offered by Film Culture Centre in connection with the exhibitions of City Art Gallery such as “Sacrum in a film” or “Time in photography” and such city events as: Cultural Nights, Christian Culture Days, Regional Book Days, Memory Days- film image of the Jews. Each event is accompanied by the programme issued in the shape of brochures constituting, at the same time, the source of information and education.

        COMPETITIONS constitute another form of the activity of Film Culture Centre. They are also organized with relation to events e.g. art competitions for the poster related to the one-hundred- year anniversary of the Polish cinema or posters related to the artistic activity of Federico Fellini or Krzysztof Kieślowski- in the anniversaries of their deaths. The all-Polish competitions for an amateur video film “It is me now!” were the most popular. The first competition of that type took place in 1994. Three editions of this competition took place in the subsequent years. It was then all-Polish. In 1996 the record number of 70 films was submitted. Presently we are making a regional type of a competition for an amateur video film devoted only to our city “Częstochowa in frames”.

        From the very beginning of its activity Film Culture Centre intends on meeting the expectations and needs of the viewers. It is revealed in our initiative of accepting film proposals from the audience. These films, if only it is possible, are presented first of all at the annual competition ZŁOTA PIĄTKA (Golden Five) and series “UPON THE VIEWERS’ REQUEST” and “THE FILMS WE SPEAK ABOUT”.

        We are particularly concerned with a young viewer who is most frequently exposed to audiovisual culture mainly thanks to TV. The tastes of future cinema-goers have been shaped for years by the CINEMA OF A YOUNG VIEWER, the initiative conducted under the current teaching programme and teachers’ needs.

        Since January 2004, Film Culture Centre belongs, among only a few cinemas in Poland, to the association EUROPA CINEMAS. ‘Within the European Union programme MEDIA PLUS and with the financial support of the programme, the aim of the Association EUROPA CINEMAS is to encourage presentation of the programme of European films in European cinemas and undertaking promotional activities directed towards young audience’.

        In September 2004 we were qualified to the all-Polish STUDIO CINEMAS NETWORK (SKS) established ‘in order to fulfill the audiovisual policy of the Minister of Culture connected with the integration with the European Union. The aim of the Association of the Network is to distribute and promote European films including Polish films of high artistic and educational values and directed towards young audience as well as films belonging to the so-called classics of the world cinema, supporting and shaping the educational activity in the Polish cinemas’.

        You are welcomed! The cinema is open every day (excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Days, New Year’s Day, Easter and Corpus Christi); the first showing usually starts at 4 p.m., the last one at 8.30 p.m. The morning showings are possible upon the request of organized groups.