Behind the Poster

New York, NY

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Behind the Poster is the first comprehensive film on the internationally influential Polish School of the Poster, formed in late 1950s. 

The film features Polish artists, such as Jan Lenica, Jan Młodożeniec, Franciszek Starowieyski, Waldemar Świerzy and Henryk Tomaszewski, who developed individual stylistic approaches in the face of Communist rule.  While Communist authorities hampered their ability to speak freely, they communicated evocative messages through the medium of poster art. Click on the photo to view the trailer.

The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with celebrated Polish poster artist and illustrator Jan Bajtlik.  The screening will be followed by a reception and an exhibition The New Generation of Polish Posters by Jan Bajtlik at Cristina Dos Santos Gallery, 39 North Moore Street (between Varick and Hudson).

Marcin Latałło is a Polish director, screenwriter and actor. Educated in Paris, his first significant work was a short documentary Trace (Ślad), devoted to the life of his father Stanisław Latałło, one of the key figures of Polish filmmaking in late 1960s and early 1970s. Marcin’s own films, such as the documentary feature My Street (2013) have won numerous awards. In addition, he is currently developing multiple projects.

Jan BajtIik is a member of the Polish Association of Graphic Designers (STGU). He designs posters, lilustrations, and books (especially books for children). His work has been shown and has won awards at many exhibitions in Poland and internationally. His work has appeared in major publications, including Time Magazine and The New York Times.



58 Minutes


NOTE: This film will be overbooked and seating will be on a first-come, first serve basis.

Thank you to our partners: Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York; Polish Film Institute, Metropolis Artists Agency, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and Adamba.