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posterSaturday, December 2, 2017

CinemaSavannah Presents: United States of Love (Poland/Sweden  2016)
Screenings at 5:30pm and 8:00pm
Cultural Affairs Black Box Theatre, 9 W. Henry St.
Admission: $8 (cash only)

In the year 1990, Poland is experiencing its first year of liberation from the Soviet rule, and the four women in Tomasz Wasilewski's film feel it's time to change their lives as well. As the film weaves its four overlapping stories, its title becomes deliberately ironic when the women's pursuits of love are derailed by desperation, obsession, and bitterness. Successfully distributed in the UK and Europe, United States of Love is virtually unknown in the US. Winner of the Silver Bear Prize at the Berlin Film Festival and five awards, including Best Director, at the 2016 Polish Film Festival. Featuring remarkable camera work by the Romanian master, Oleg Mutu. 104 minutes. In Polish with English subtitles.

"Austere and melancholic, but also marked by dry minimalist humour". Screen International

"United States of Love is plainly the confident work of a fast-maturing young filmmaker with a strong voice and a sharp visual sense." Hollywood Reporter

"This film is not here to make you feel good. But it has a soap-operatic watchability." The Guardian

"Intimate, oppressive and persuasively played, it's a film that nimbly shifts perspective to capture the impact of transition on ordinary lives." In the process, it becomes " a treatise on the painful reality of unrequited love." Radio Times (UK)

"Like Kieslowski, Wasilewski is looking for the drama in the everyday and is homing in on his characters, observing their eccentricities and their yearnings." Independent (UK)