Saturday – 01.10, 17:00, Kino Nowe Horyzonty

What was it like working as an architect during the communist era, and what changed after the fall of communism? This 1992 documentary focuses on the transformation taking place in Poland at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s.

The liberation of the market had its many consequences: individual investments and the architecture of a specific building began to take precedence over the concept of architectural ensembles that often fitted into its surroundings and broader context.

The pros and cons of the new situation, the decline in the importance of the architect profession, the temporary lack of role models in design, and the rise of the importance of the investor – the consequences of these problems can be observed today.

Gomulka’s statement about Ursynów, “it looks nice”, makes us nostalgic, despite our dislike of the communist system. It stands in stark contrast to “nobody speaks about beauty” reality of capitalism.