“The Dancing Hawk” refers to the son of a peasant who senses he can climb to the job in troubled times by playing his cards right. His slavery to work match his ambitions, and gradually he reaches the social position he desires. But the costs have included a dehumanized soul and a loss of a moral conscience. People have had to pay for his advancement, including those nearest to him. The downfall is equally painful: either imprisonment or the easy wasy out are offered as the alternatives.
Tag Archives: Poland
1939: Battle of Westerplatte / Tajemnica Westerplatte (2013) Pawel Chochlew, Michal Zebrowski, Robert Zoledziewski, Jan Englert, Drama, History, War
On the morning of September 1, 1939, the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein fired on the Polish garrison stationed at the Westerplatte peninsula. Over the next seven days, fewer than two hundred soldiers stood in defiance against the relentless onslaught. Amidst the bloodshed, two Polish commanders struggle with the decision to continue fighting or surrender under overwhelming odds.
Tomorrow’s Weather / Pogoda na jutro (2003) Jerzy Stuhr, Malgorzata Zajaczkowska, Roma Gasiorowska, Comedy, Drama
After seventeen, Józef Kozio, former member of the underground trade union “Solidarity”, returns home with his family, who left fleeing Communist repression in Poland. Although strives to integrate, everything has changed too: his wife has gone to live with a business man and his son working on the campaign of a candidate for deputy, his eldest daughter is sold in a “reality show” TV , and the smallest is insensitive to anything that may happen outside the computer screen. When you try to act like a father, he received nothing but scornful smiles and looks of astonishment. So seriously Józef decides to intervene.
Jack Strong (2014) Wladyslaw Pasikowski, Marcin Dorocinski, Maja Ostaszewska, Patrick Wilson, Action, Crime
This gripping spy thriller tells the true story of a man who dares to challenge the Soviet empire. While planning the maneuvers of the Warsaw Pact forces, Polish army colonel Ryszard Kuklinski has access to top secrets. He gets to know that the American nuclear counterattack against Soviet forces is planned to be executed on Polish territory. Thanks to his determination, he starts a long, lonely and psychologically exhausting cooperation with CIA. From that very moment the life of his family and his own is in constant danger as one careless move may lead to tragedy.
The Phantom / Widziadlo (1984) Marek Nowicki, Roman Wilhelmi, Marzena Trybala, Hanna Mikuc, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Set in the early years of the century. A story of a country gentleman haunted by the memory of his first wife. His current wife, had enough of his obsession and has taken a lover, who is mysteriously paralyzed. Meanwhile, main character’s son gets his first taste of sensual experience with a mute peasant girl.
This Very Moment / Milchwald (2003) Christoph Hochhäusler, Sophie Charlotte Conrad, Leo Bruckmann, Judith Engel, Drama
This is the story of Sylvia, who looses her stepchildren on a shopping trip in Poland. For fear of loosing her husband’s love, too, she is unable to tell him what has happened and returns home, pretending anything is fine. When realising the missing of his children, the father starts a desperate retrieval. He is ready to give up anything in order to find them. Sylvia supports him in any way; she tries to comfort him and takes care of his hope’s vulnerable flame. For the first time he really needs her. While the children are trying their best to get home, the police fails in detecting their whereabouts. When a very vague trace leads to Poland, the parents hit the road to find their children on their own.
Never In My Life / Nigdy w zyciu! (2004) Ryszard Zatorski, Danuta Stenka, Joanna Brodzik, Jan Frycz, Drama, Romance
The superb romantic comedy tells the story of Judyta’s life. Judyta is an ordinary woman and she has a family who love each other. She’s a amusing, strong reporter in women’s magazine. She is about forty years old when suddenly her husband leaves her. She stays alone with fifteenyear old daughter Tosia. The woman builds a wonderful house and live in it with her dauther. She always says : ” No man, never in my life”. The plot has unexpected twist when one day Judyta meets Adam…
In the early 1930s the parapsychologist Wagner uses his telepathic sister to psychically uncover the presence of a nearby medium. This shadowy individual, named Orwicz, is amazingly powerful, simultaneously controlling several people who under his influence do things against their will–and immediately lose all memory of what they did.
One day the young Nazi sympathizer Krank and his police investigator superior Selin investigate Orwicz’s house. There’s no sign of Orwicz, but Krank and Selin discover that a number of the house’s previous residents were brutally murdered and, even more startling, that Orwicz himself died 30 years earlier. They determine that Orwicz has achieved immortality of a sort by projecting his consciousness into other peoples’ bodies, and pay a visit to Wagner to inquire how they might stop Orwicz.
The three conclude that the best way to take down Orwicz is through a SCANNERS-like psychic duel between him and another equally powerful medium. But where to find such a person? And how can they stop Orwicz’s psychically controlled subjects from battling Krank, Selin and Wagner through seduction, murder or worse?
Life Above All / Nad ?ycie (2012) Anna Plutecka-Mesjasz, Olga Boladz, Michal Zebrowski, Danuta Stenka, Drama
Over the years, thousands of people recognize, until one day you meet someone who changes your life. Forever. So it was with Agatha (Olga Bo??d?). Relating internationally successful volleyball falls in love with no memory of Jacek (Michal Zebrowski). About dreamed of this love for life. Everything was going to be like in a fairy tale – a beautiful marriage, children and a house in the mountains. These plans are interrupted a phone call. After the dramatic details Agata begins a race against time. Will fight for each other, the man she loves and the child, which wants more than life. Does love endure anything? Do endures all things?
Zaduszki / All Soul’s Day (1961) Tadeusz Konwicki, Ewa Krzyzewska, Edmund Fetting, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Drama
A pair of lovers go off to a small hotel in a little town. The memories of war, however, intrude on their idyll. The girl and boy relive certain wartime experiences in flashback. She was a communist who drove a boy loving her to give himself up.