April 23-24
Passenger (Poland, 1963, 62 minutes)
Presented in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Observance Committee.
Lisa, a German woman taking a long ocean voyage with her husband, spots a passenger she thinks she recognizes. She soon realizes that the passenger had been an inmate at Auschwitz, where Lisa served as a guard. An alternately realistic and illusory study in guilt and retribution, Passenger (original title: Pasazerka) was halfway through production in 1961 when its director, Andrzej Munk, was killed in an auto accident. Munk's friends loyally tried to complete the project, bridging a few scenes with still pictures (in the manner of "restored" film classics like the 1937 Lost Horizon and the 1954 A Star is Born). Finally released in Poland in 1963, Passenger didn't make it to the US until 1970.