Lem 2021: I’ve Seen the Future

A Stanisław Lem Centennial Screening Series

April 29 – June 10 

To mark the centennial of Polish literature icon Stanisław Lem (1921–2006), Poland has declared 2021 the "Year of Stanisław Lem," with dozens of events and artistic projects being organized to mark the occasion across the world. 

Perhaps best known worldwide as the author of the 1961 novel, "Solaris," Stanisław Lem produced dozens upon dozens of novels, stories and essays throughout his nearly 60-year career. Renowned particularly for his work in the realm of science fiction, Lem's artistic output covers a plethora of genres, encompassing memoirs, accounts of his wartime experiences and philosophical texts. His science fiction narratives themselves often take unexpected and experimental forms, extending freely into the territories of philosophy and satire to create worlds that to contemporary eyes eerily prefigure everything from Google to virtual reality and smartphones.

This series spotlights some of the many eclectic, cinematic adaptations of Lem's work, from filmmakers as diverse as Andrei Tarkovsky (SOLARIS [1972]) and Andrzej Wajda (ROLY POLY) to Ari Folman (THE CONGRESS) and Steven Soderbergh (SOLARIS [2002]). The presentation will also include IKARIS XB-1 and HIS MASTER’S VOICE, Lem’s inspired films produced in Central Europe, where Lem’s heritage has been particularly strong. The screenings will be accompanied by  introductions from film and literature experts: Michał Oleszczyk, a renowned Polish film critic and scholar, Marek Piestrak, the director of INQUEST OF PILOT PIRX, Tomasz Kolankiewicz,  the artistic director of the Gdynia Polish Film Festival, Eliza Rose, an assistant  professor of Central European Studies at the University of North Carolina and sci-fi literature expert, and Gabriel Paletz, a professor of Film History at the Prague Film School.

The series is presented by the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, the Polish Film Festival Miami and the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C. For all films screening online in AFI Silver's Virtual Screening Room, click here to get tickets. All film screenings online via the Polish Film Festival Miami will be available for FREE – just visit movies.pffmiami.com.

All films are ONLY available for viewers in the United States.



April 29 – May 12 (extended: 5/21)


Directed by Marek Piestrak
Poland / Estonia / Ukraine, 1978
95 min., in Polish with English subtitles
Cast: Sergiei Desnitski, Bolesław Abart, Aleksander Kajdanowski
Drama, Sci-Fi, Rated: NR

May 05 – May 18 (extended: 5/23)


Directed by Andrzej Wajda
Poland, 1968
35 min., in Polish with English subtitles
Cast: Bogumił Kobiela, Ryszard Filipski, Anna Prucnal, Jerzy Zelnik
Comedy, Sci-Fi

May 12 – May 23

Directed by György Pálfi
Hungary / Canada, 2018
95 min., in English and Hungarian with English subtitles
Cast: Csaba Polgár, Peterson Eric, Diána Kiss, Angelo Tsarouchas, Adám Fekete, Ildikó Bánsági
Drama, Sci-Fi, Rated: NR


May 26 – June 10


Directed by Krzysztof Jankowski
Poland 2021
20 min., in Polish with English subtitles
Cast: Wojciech Solarz, Paweł Ciołkosz, Kamila Kamińska
Comedy, Short, Rated: NR

May 26 – June 10


Directed by Krzysztof Dębowski
Poland 1961/62
10 / 11 min.


Andrzej Seweryn
"Godfather of PFF Miami"

“The Polish Film Festival Miami is a delightful initiative! Gorgeous site, wonderful people, friendly atmosphere, and the unforgettable sun of the Miami Beach—it’s all there. The organizers led by Eva Baker—just like last year— guarantee a program which offers a superb artistic level.

Please join us! You won’t regret you did—it will be time well spent!

This form of encounter with Polish culture and Polish filmmakers makes perfect sense. Our film industry has found a new, fantastic place to present its achievements not just to Polish, but also American audience. And they are terrific, indeed!

Our Festival will grow, and its future is bright.

See you in Miami!” 

About US

The Polish Film Festival Miami is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a platform for introducing, promoting, and nurturing achievements of contemporary Polish cinema and the art of filmmaking itself, with special consideration for the cultural diversity of the cities of Miami and Miami Beach.

It is a place to enjoy, learn, and discover. It is also a place of inclusion, acceptance, and respect.

The inaugural Festival took place in November 2018, in the heart of South Beach, at the iconic Miami Beach Cinematheque. This three-day event was met with huge interest from the Polish and American communities of world cinema fans and included members of Miami Beach Film Society, as well as movie professionals and students. Some of them traveled from cities like Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Vero Beach to attend the sold-out screenings.

The Polish Film Festival Miami is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a platform for introducing, promoting, and nurturing achievements of contemporary Polish cinema and the art of filmmaking itself.

LOT Polish Airlines is proud to be a sponsor for the Miami Polish Film Festival and is honored to be part of supporting the Polish cinema and filmmakers, as they incorporate the culture of Miami and Poland into their films.

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The O Cinema (formerly The Cinematheque) calls the historic South Beach City Hall its home and extends its welcome to the Miami Beach Film Society. Now including a screening room, bookstore/library, gallery, and café, the O Cinema is considered one of Miami’s premiere HD art-house cinemas.

1130 Washington Ave · Miami Beach ·  FL 33139


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