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February 12, 2012, 5:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office] invites you and a guest to a special screening of

The Death of Captain Pilecki

Written & Directed by Ryszard Bugajski
Produced by Dorota Niewdana
and Zbigniew Grabowski
Starring Marek Probosz as Witold Pilecki
Followed by a Q&A with Marek Probosz

5:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 12th, 2012

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About The Death of Captain Pilecki

The story of the trial of Captain of Cavalry Witold Pilecki in 1947/1948.

In 1920, while still a student at a junior high school, Witold Pilecki participated in the defense of Vilnius against the Soviet army. During the September 1939 campaign, the division under his command destroyed 7 tanks and shot down 2 enemy planes. In 1940, during a random street arrest in Warsaw’s district of Zoliborz, Commander Pilecki allowed the Germans to detain him and deport him to Auschwitz. His goal was to create an underground military unit within the concentration camp, organize an attack of Home Army units coordinated with an air-bombing campaign by the allied forces, and liberate the camp. After two years of imprisonment and the failure of these plans he escaped from Auschwitz. During the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, Pilecki was the commander of the Second Compaign of the First Batallion of the Army Group “Chrobry II”. Afterwards, he found his way to the West and joined the Polish Army led by General Anders.

In 1945 he was ordered to return to Poland and continue his work in the underground anti-communist organization "NO" (Nie) established a year earlier by Colonel "Nil" Fieldorf. Pilecki was arrested by the communists and subjected to a horrendous interrogation. He was sentenced to death.

Not rated. Running time: 85 minutes. In Polish, with English subtitles.


About the Guest

MAREK PROBOSZ (Actor, "Witold Pilecki")

Born in 1959 in Zory. Film and theater director, screenwriter, writer and actor. Graduated from the Polish Film School in Lodz – MFA Acting ‘84 and then from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles – MFA Directing ‘93. Professor at the Emerson College in Los Angeles, taught Advanced Film and TV Acting (2001-2004). Since 2005 professor at UCLA, where he teaches Theater Acting.

Marek Probosz was starring in over 50 films that won awards at key international festivals. His most known credits are: the part of Roman Polanski in the Warner Bros. film Helter Skelter, and as the Polish national hero Witold Pilecki in the feature film, The Death of Captain Pilecki, winner of the Special Jury REMI Award at IFF, Houston’07.  

His most recent credits include the role of Satora in the new epic film by world acclaimed film director Agnieszka Holland, The True History of Janosik; 8 Horizontal, winner Grand Prix, Gdynia FF’09 in which he portrays a Polish Arab Mustafa; and The Reverse, Golden Lion Award, Gdynia FF’09; FIPRESCI Award Warsaw FF’09, Polish submission to the 2010 Oscars.

He directed two theatrical plays, Salome and AUM or Tormenting of Actors, and six short films based on his own scripts. Then directed a full-length documentary Jan Kott: Still Alive and wrote six screenplays for feature films. His next short film Rebel, was a calling card for Y.M.I., Probosz’s feature debut in the U.S., which he also wrote, directed, produced and starred in. Its world premiere was held at the Other Venice Film Festival, which awarded him the Audience Choice ABBOT Award in 2004.

His first book Eldorado, was published by Stentor Publishing House in Poland last year. His second book of short stories Call Me When They Kill You was published by Latarnik Publishing House in Poland in 2011.

His successful role of Odysseus with illustrous British actor Henry Goodman in the Getty Villa theater production of Sophocle’s Philoktetes brought him an offer to direct a play by Socrates at the Getty Villa. He recently starred in Boxer based on a true story, and guest starred in Damage Control for ABC Studios. Probosz will star as Capitan LUX in a historical film, The Soul of the Murdered Kingdom.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 4:50 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago