The inn of the title – standing on the road to a Galician village and run by an old man named Tag – is a small Noah’s ark. When World War I breaks out, people fleeing from the flood of violence and destruction seek refuge there. Among them are Jews, a people who have felt death on their heels many times throughout their history. Gathered in a dark room, people with different worldviews argue, remember, dance, and sing. They radiate life despite the fact that the coming night might be their last. Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s famous film, an adaptation of the equally famous novel by Julian Stryjkowski, is an important chapter in the cinematic history of Polish Jews. Although devoid of sentimentality, this is a positive portrait of a particular community: its customs, sense of humor, and quandaries. It is a portrait and an epitaph. At this year’s New Horizons, it will be possible to watch a digitally remastered version of this film.
Polish Film Festival 1984 – Golden Lion
Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1922-2007) was a Polish director of Armenian origin. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, and he also completed a preparatory course at the Polish Film Institute. His Pharaoh, Mother Joan of the Angels, Night Train, and The Inn are classics of Polish cinema. He served as the artistic director at Kadr, and he was also the founder and first chairman of the Polish Filmmakers Association. He was also a member of parliament for a time.
1959 Pociąg / Night Train
1961 Matka Joanna od Aniołów / Mother Joan of the Angels
1965 Faraon / Pharaoh
2001 Quo Vadis