Cinema of Desire: The Films of Walerian Borowczyk | The controversial film-maker gets a major UK retrospective


Dadaist prankster, unrepentant sensualist and master craftsman, Walerian Borowczyk and his films have yet to be fully discovered and appreciated. This month, however, BFI Southbank joins forces with the 12th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival to launch the first major UK retrospective of the controversial artist, featuring a season of films, shorts and talks. The ICA in London is also hosting the first exhibition of Borowczyk’s artwork, along with some film shorts, and Arrow Films will release the restored prints of most of his films in a DVD box set: Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection (released 30 June).


Borowczyk’s legacy will also be discussed in a special forum on 18 May, when his colleagues will meet with academics and season curator Daniel Bird. Presented as part of the 12th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, and in conjunction with the ICA exhibition Walerian Borowczyk: The Listening Eye (20 May-29 June).

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