Demon by Marcin Wrona (Poland/Israel, 2015, 94 min.). Polish & Yiddish with English subtitles.
For Friday the 13th, we present a special screening of this chilling modern interpretation of the Dybbuk legend. On the eve of his wedding, Piotr (Itay Tiran) discovers human bones buried in the backyard of the Polish country home of his future in-laws. At first he dismisses this ominous find, but the soul inhabiting the remains won’t let go of the bridegroom. As the wedding celebration’s bacchanalia spins out of control, director Marcin Wrona’s brilliant story of possession becomes an unflinching, allegorical censure of contemporary Poland, where the absence of Jews and willful irresolution on matters of Polish antisemitism, gives rise to spirits. Tragically, Wrona died, at age 42, just as the film was to be released. Winner of the Tobias Szpancer Award for Best Film, Haifa Film Festival. Spotlight selection, Toronto Film Festival and MOMA’s New Directors/New Films.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with Antony Polonsky, emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.