(Potop Redivivus, Jerzy Hoffman, Poland 1974–2014, 185 min., DCP, Polish w/ subtitles)
Polish Film Festival. Jerzy Hoffman’s Oscar-nominated 1974 epic Deluge has recently been restored and reconstructed under Hoffman’s supervision, with the two-part epic trimmed to 185 minutes. It has been released in Poland under the title of Potop Redivivus. Based on Nobel prizewinner Henryk Sienkiewicz’s 1886 novel, the film takes place during the seventeenth-century Swedish invasion of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It focuses on the transformation of the protagonist, a nobleman soldier Andrzej Kmicic, from a fun-loving, irresponsible young man into a national hero. This is one of the greatest post-medieval war films, full of action and humor, with amazing costumes and battle scenes, sieges, duels, stunning location scenery, love and romance, intrigue and betrayal. Note later start time.