San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Vera Gran is part of the Polish Filmmakers NYC's NEW VOICES, ANCIENT ECHOES: POLISH WOMEN IN FILM series.
In this riveting double portrait by one of Poland’s leading documentary filmmakers Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, we follow writer and reporter Agata Tuszyńska, as she unravels the complex life story of Vera Gran. Gran was a singer and entertainer, whose wartime performances in the cafes of Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto attracted crowds of listeners. As popular as they were, they became the basis of post-war accusations of collaboration with the Germans, which Vera Gran couldn’t shake off until the end of her life.
A hugely controversial figure, Gran emigrated to Israel, then to Venezuela, and finally to France, always fiercely asserting her innocence. Agata Tuszyńska’s research, which included lengthy conversations with Gran, managed to shed light on previously undiscovered facts and complexities. This documentary expertly weaves the past and the present into a fascinating tapestry that is an intimate two-hander both between Tuszyńska and Gran, and between Gran and history itself.
The screening will be followed with a Q&A with the director Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz.
IN POLISH, FRENCH AND GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
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Polish Filmmakers NYC
Polish Filmmakers NYC is devoted to bringing the best in Polish cinema past and present to New York City audiences. Since 2012, the organization has hosted regular and special screenings, including the New York premiere of Andrej Wadja's Walesa: Man of Hope and our annual Polish Women in Film series.
The 2014 Polish Women in Film Series: New Voices, Ancient Echoes will be held from November 7th to 9th at the Tribeca Film Center. It will kick off with an invitation-only opening night at the Museum of Modern Art on November 6th.