Jack Kerouac – Cinematographic encounters at the Barakah Theater in Krakow

“I have been dealing with the subject of the Beat Generation for more than a dozen years. I have written many articles about them, bachelor’s, master’s and almost a doctorate. I have been to the United States several times, where I ‘ve been looking for traces of Jack Kerouac in archives, libraries, bookstores and city corners. I’d be happy to show you, and some knowledge to share. Thanks to contacts with the Beatnik community, I’ll I’ll show films that you can’t find elsewhere in Poland, and those that you can look for, but the chance is one in a hundred”, says Anna Wyrwik.


October 13, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

New American Cinema – “Works Among the Trees”, dir. Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas was also born 100 years ago. Its cinematic style has been compared to Kerouac’s writing, and one reviewer called “Works Among the Trees” “one of the most personal and revealing films of the Byzantine avant-garde”.

October 20, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

“Pull my daisy”, dir. Robert Frank Alfred Leslie

A cult and essential film for fans of the Beat Generation. It’s a crazy story full of social meanings and underground humor. Off-screen, we hear the voice of Jacek Kerouac (also the author of the screenplay). Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Peter Orlovsky, music by David Amram plays in the background, and it was directed by a famous photographer and painter.

October 27, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

Kerouac and Hollywood

Hollywood takes over, so as soon as Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation rose to fame, they took care of them too. Often with quite bizarre and bizarre results. There will be many film clips, lots of curiosities and sometimes very funny.

November 3, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

Film adaptations of the novel by Jacek Kerouac – “En route”, dir. Walter Halls

Film adaptation of the cult novel “En route”. Kerouac himself wanted this film to be directed by Marlon Brando. It turned out different. With what effect? Opinions are very divided, so make yours!

November 10, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

Kerouac today – inspirations – “American Joyride: 100 lines for the centenary of Kerouac”, dir. Tom Knoff Kurt Hemmer

This film by the British duo was made especially for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jacek Kerouac and will be screened for the first time in Poland. There will also be many surprises during the last meeting!

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