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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Man with the Magic Box

2017, Bodo Kox, Poland/Italy, 103 min.
Piotr Polak, Olga Boladz

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 16th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Mar 18th 8:00pm

“Like a cross between Terry Gilliam’s BRAZIL and SOMEWHERE IN TIME…consistently intriguing and redemptive…very highly recommended.”--Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

Playful references ranging from Jean-Pierre Melville to BLADE RUNNER and MEN IN BLACK lend this intelligent sci fi/thriller an eclectic sense of cinema’s past as its hero time-travels between a sleek but culturally sterile 2030 Warsaw and the sinister Fifties. Adam (Polak), a man without a past, works as a janitor in a futuristic office tower and longs for Goria (Boladz), an executive far beyond his station. One day he discovers an ancient relic--a tabletop radio that transports him back to the Fifties on its Theta waves, and traps him in the identity of a desperate fugitive holding scientific secrets. Director Kox (THE GIRL FROM THE WARDROBE) brings an inventive style to a constantly shifting plot rendered with superb production values and a swashbuckling sense of futuristic adventure. In Polish with English subtitles. ProRes digital widescreen. Courtesy of Artsploitation Films. (BS)

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