Meet Errol Morris. A review of films by the master of American documentary


Five intriguing documentaries about social controversies and extraordinary characters from the world of American politics and beyond. Behind them all is one man: American director Errol Morris. We invite you to the Andrzej Wajda UG Film Centre, where a screening of the documentary filmmaker's films will begin on January 19. The screenings will be followed by meetings with cultural researchers, film scholars or journalists who will talk about the historical context and the art of filmmaking.

He has been called a master of the American documentary and a human lie detector - in his films, he relentlessly strives to reveal the truth on screen. He has looked at ordinary people and decision-makers. He has investigated the background to key, often traumatic events in modern US history, including the Vietnam and Iraq wars. One of his most famous productions, The Thin Blue Line (1988), led to the acquittal of a wrongly convicted man. He has won numerous film awards, including an Academy Award (The Fogs of War, 2003) and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (Standard Operating Procedure, 2008). In 2008, he was honoured with the Marek Nowicki Award by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights for outstanding achievements in portraying human rights in film. You will have the opportunity to get familiar with his work on January 19-21 and 26-28, 2024, at the UG Andrzej Wajda Film Centre.

Meet Errol Morris is a review of the most important films in the American director's oeuvre. Our retrospective programme includes The Thin Blue Line, American Dharma, Ordinary Operating Procedure, The Fogs of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, as well as a documentary on the filmmaker himself, Errol Morris: Sketch for a Portrait (dir. Charles Musser, Carina Rosanna Tautu, 2014). The screenings will be accompanied by meetings with film scholars, cultural scholars, journalists and documentary filmmakers, who will discuss both the image of contemporary America in Morris' films and the medium of documentary film itself. Among invited guests are Iwona Kurz, Paweł Łoziński, Anna Mazurkiewicz, Charles Musser, Piotr Pławuszewski, Patrycja Sasnal, Sebastian Smolinski, Piotr Tarczyński, and Grzegorz Welizarowicz.

Organised by: The University of Gdańsk Andrzej Wajda Film Center.

Partner: Embassy of the United States of America in Poland.

Media patrons: City of Gdańsk, University of Gdańsk, 'Gazeta Uniwersytecka', Tró portal, SpoilerMaster - Podcast to listen to after the screening, magazine 'Ekrany', Kusi na kulturę website, Pełna Sala portal.

Admission to a single screening: PLN 15.

A weekend pass: PLN 30.

A pass for two weekends: PLN 60.

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19.01.2024 at 6 p.m.

The Thin Blue Line, USA 1988, 103 min.

Guests: Piotr Pławuszewski, Sebastian Smoliński


20.01.2024 at 6 p.m.

American Dharma, USA/Great Britain 2018, 95 min

Guest: Piotr Tarczyński


21.01.2024 at 6 p.m.

Standard Operating Procedure, USA 2008, 118 min.

Guests: Iwona Kurz, Patrycja Sasnal

Jedenascie lekcji

26.01.2024 at 6 p.m.

The Fog of War, USA 2003, 107 min.

Guests: Anna Mazurkiewicz, Grzegorz Welizarowicz

Szybko tanio poza

27.01.2024 at 6 p.m.

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, USA 1997, 82 min.

Guests: Paweł Łoziński

Errol Morris

28.01.2024 at 6 p.m.

Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch, reż. Charles Musser, Carina Rosanna Tautu, USA 2014, 72 min.

Guest: Charles Musser

Milena Szabat/CF UG; Edit MJ/Press Office