In the summer months (June–July–August), Wrocław Contemporary Museum is holding a series of film screenings accompanying The Ratcatcher exhibition. The multi-dimensional aspect of the presentation and its cinematographic inspirations have provided a pretext for looking for contexts and meanings derived from the domain of feature, documentary and animated films. Referring to both concrete works featured in the exhibition and its general idea presented by curator Piotr Lisowski in the Exhibition Scenario, we will show three very different films that will expand and supplement the narrative of The Ratcatcher.
The title of the exhibition refers to a short 1986 documentary directed by Andrzej Czarnecki, which shows the techniques used by a rat extermination expert. “At that time it was interpreted as a metaphor of the systematic surveillance of the anti-communist resistance movement by the secret services. Nowadays the film and the strategies of extermination featured in it justify other, not only purely historical, interpretations. In the exhibition, the story has been treated as a starting point for a parabolic narrative about reality and a phantasm of the fall of the Latin civilisation,” writes Lisowski, thus beginning a sequence of cinematographic tropes that can be found at the exhibition.
References to the practice of directors such as Béla Tarr, Andrei Tarkovsky, Lars von Trier or the German expressionists are far from surprising. A shot from The Turin Horse by Tarr, one of the masters of neomodernism in cinematography, provides a telling background for Andrzej Wróblewski’s painting Rider; Kuba Bąkowski’s sculpture The Ratcatcher is inspired by the figure of the stalker from Tarkovsky’s 1979 masterpiece. The multitude of film references at the exhibition is more than just a game with the viewer. It supports the argument about the impact of cinematography, one of the most important media of the 20th century, on the contemporary social and political reality.
Desert Coffee
ir. Mikael Lypiński, Poland 2017, 53’

Desert Coffee is a documentary about Slab City – a “wild” settlement in a South California desert. Disappointed with American Dream, the inhabitants live in close proximity to an air base of the American army without running water or electricity. Rob hates coffee, but every day he wakes up at 6 a.m. to make it for a dozen regulars in his café – “the last stronghold of freedom in America.”
► 17.06, 9.00 PM
Greetings from Fukushima, dir. Doris Dörrie, Germany 2016, 108’
► 15.07, 9.00 PM
Krysař, dir. Jiří Bárta, Czechoslovakie 1986, 53’
► 19.08, 8.30 PM
Desert Coffee, dir. Mikael Lypiński, Poland, 53’
* admission to all the events is free of charge
** free tickets are required for each screening (limited number of places). They can be collected on the day of the screening from MWW ticket office from 6 to 8 PM
*** in case of bad weather, the films will be shown in the Shelter Cinema on the first floor of the museum