Pre-release screening: Valley of the Gods +Q&A with Lech Majewski

March 14th, 2020, 3 PM
Forum cinema, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: 16 PLN

The film has been billed as a “fairy tale for adults’ and promises to take viewers on a journey between three interweaving stories.

The root of the story is based on the Navajo Indian legend about deities locked in stones of the Valley of the Gods. The second storyline focuses on Wes Tauros, the richest man on Earth. Leading an eccentric life after a personal tragedy, Tauros buys the rights to uranium mine in the Valley of Gods, desecrating the Indian holy grounds. The third story focuses on John Ecas, Tauros’ employee who is tasked with writing his boss’s biography.

The Valley of the Gods Movie was filmed in several locations including the Cistercian monastery complex in Lubiąż, the Książ Castle, and Majewski’s hometown Katowice.

Lech Majewski
Polish film and theatre director, writer, poet, and painter.

Born in Katowice, Poland, Majewski studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In the 1970s, he then studied at the National Film School in Łódź, notably as a student of Wojciech Has, who taught Majewski directing. In the early 80s, after completing The Knight and as martial law was declared in Poland, Majewski emigrated to England and then to the United States, where he lived for most of the late Communist era.

Majewski is a dual U.S.-Polish citizen, and travels often between those and other countries.

He is a member of the American and European film academies and the Polish International PEN.

Majewski speaks fluent, and excellent, English, but often works with English-speaking natives on his script. That was the initial role that Julian Schnabel had on Basquiat, before Majewski abandoned the project and Schnabel took it over.

In 2006, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City hosted a retrospective of Majewski’s work. This was their first ever full retrospective of a Polish filmmaker, and one of their only ever mid-career retrospectives. For that program, Majewski created the film eventually called Glass Lips, though initially it was known as Blood of a Poet.

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