My Father's Bike (2012): The film portrays complex relationships between three generations of a family: father (played by Polish jazz luminary Michał Urbaniak), son (Artur Żmijewski) and grandson (cinema debut of Krzysztof Chodorowski). The story begins when seventy years old Włodek’s wife unexpectedly leaves him for another a man. His son and grandson arrive from abroad and set off for a journey to find a woman dear to each of them. Although in conflict earlier, forced by circumstances, the three of them have to learn how to talk to one another and will eventually find a long lost bond between them. Owing to a splendid screenplay, this comedy-drama is a non-compromising, yet emotional story of the difficult relations between three generations of men, their feuds and inability to resolve problems between generations, as well as the fact that we all try very hard not to do the same mistakes which our parents had done.
Location: The Little, Theatre, 240 East Ave., Rochester. Tickets can be purchased at The Little Theatre box office beginning Oct. 15 and before the screenings. Regular admission is $9, $7 for seniors and students.
The film festival is sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester, the Polish Film Institute, the Polish Filmmakers Association, Polish Heritage Society of Rochester, and the Little Theatre Film Society. For more information, visit www.rochester.edu/skalny.