Based on reportage of the 1976 strike in Radom, which ended with the regional Party Committee headquarters set aflame, Kieslowski’s made-for-TV hybrid film merges archival materials with a dramatization of organized opposition during a single day of conflict.
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Marcowe migdaly / March Caresses (1990) Radoslaw Piwowarski, Monika Bolly, Stanislaw Brudny, Magdalena Curyk, Drama
Angel in the Wardrobe / Aniol w szafie (1987) Stanislaw Rózewicz, Jerzy Trela, Grazyna Barszczewska, Maria Czubasiewicz, Drama
Angel In The Wardrobe is a film about responsibility, the duty to yourself and to the others. In the crazy world we live in, it’s hard to pretend he did not see the dangerous phenomena – in the attitudes of people in relationships. So this is a film about conscience. About the memory, without which we are nothing. The fears and anxieties in us and around us.
Jestem / I Am (2005) Dorota Kedzierzawska, Piotr Jagielski, Agnieszka Nagórzycka, Edyta Jungowska, Drama
An eleven-year-old (Piotr Jagielski) escapes from an orphanage and returns to his hometown where the other kids call him “Mongrel” and his young alcoholic mother (Edyta Jungowska) kicks him out again. Undaunted, he sets up quarters of his own in an abandoned barge.
Plac Zbawiciela / Saviour Square (2006) Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze, Jowita Budnik, Arkadiusz Janiczek, Ewa Wencel, Drama
Beata and Bartek are a young married couple with two children. As they keep waiting for the key to their own Warsaw apartment, they are living temporarily with Bartek’s overbearing mother near Warsaw’s Saviour Square.
Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc’ / Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema (1990) Wojciech Marczewski, Janusz Gajos, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Teresa Marczewska, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
The film is set just before Poland’s communist regime came to an end, and the central character is a provincial censor (Janusz Gajos), a tired, sloppy, lonely man, whose wife has long since left him. For him, censorship is both an art and a game, but he does not enjoy it. During a screening of a sentimental Polish melodrama called “Daybreak” at the Liberty cinema across the road from the censor’s office, the actors start to rebel and refuse to speak their lines.
Eight year old Matias and his newly pregnant mother Laura find themselves forced to hurriedly abandon the house they live in to escape another outburst of violence from Fabian. Thus they begin a wandering journey in search of a place they can feel safe and protected. They embark on an unusual road-movie of everyday life…
The film is set in a terrorizing world of the future, where technology commands the movements of individuals, supervised by the doctors, carrying out a program to improve the human race. Thus, instead of doctors creating a monster, the monsters are already there as the species of the future – but one of them is suspected by the doctors of being a human being. That is Golem in reverse.
When the Soviet Union on 17 September 1939 invades Poland, Anna Aleksandrowna leaves her home in Krakow to search for her husband, the Polish captain Andrzej. She finds him together with other officers captured by the Red Army, but some minutes later he is pushed into a train, which will take all the Polish officers to a prison camp in Kozelsk in Russia. Anna and her daughter Nika is now stuck in the Soviet occupied zone, unable to go back to Krakow in the German zone, not until a brave Russian captain helps them to flee. 3 April 1940 Andrzej is transported from the prison camp in Kozelsk to the Katyn Forest, where thousands of Polish officers are killed. In 1943 the Germans capture this area and find the mass graves. 13 April 1943 they start announcing the names of the identified corpses through loudspeakers in Krakow. Anna is happy that Andrzej is not in any of the Katyn lists, which gives her some hope. 18 January 1945 the Red Army liberates Krakow from the Nazis.