Polish film screening and Q&A
The film The Pauper and the Madame depicts the unique fate of Adam Chmielowski, an artist-painter who, in search of freedom and happiness, sacrifices everything. His rebellious nature make him not only escape from the tsarist regime, but in peak of fame, he abandons the world of art to “die for the world” and devote himself to serving people. His tragic fate is completed by a spiritual breakdown, expulsion from the Jesuit order, and confinement in a mental institution. Soon, however, he rises like a phoenix from the ashes and returns as Brother Albert – the future saint.