The Dead Class (1975), by Tadeusz Kantor and the Cricot 2 company, is considered one of the most innovative and influential works of twentieth-century theatre. The breakthrough first version of the production – performed to great critical acclaim, but only rarely seen live by audiences outside Poland – was documented on film in 1976 by the Oscar-winning director Andrzej Wajda.
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Bariera / Barrier (1966) Jerzy Skolimowski, Joanna Szczerbic, Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Drama, Comedy
A rebellious student wants to get total independence and overcome all the barriers in his life: of money, age, status, cults and conventions. However, he meets a girl with completely different ideals.
Osobisty pamietnik grzesznika przez niego samego spisany / Memoirs of a Sinner (1986) Wojciech Has, Piotr Bajor, Maciej Kozlowski, Janusz Michalowski, Drama
35-year-old Michal (Wojciech Zielinski) has a beautiful wife, Anna (Joanna of Orleans) and daughter Justine. It does not bother him, however, fall in love with a sensual and rebellious Carolina (Carolina mustard). The man did not want a divorce, but it also wants to opt out of a new passion. The situation is complicated, however, when a lover makes him an ultimatum.
Já, Olga Hepnarová / I, Olga Hepnarová (2016) Petr Kazda, Tomás Weinreb, Michalina Olszanska, Martin Pechlát, Klára Melísková, Marika Soposká, Crime, Drama
My verdict is: I, Olga Hepnarová, the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to death penalty. Those were famous words of 22-year-old mass murder Olga Hepnarová, who in 1973 drove a truck into a group of innocent people in Prague.
Ashes and Diamonds (1958) Andrzej Wajda, Zbigniew Cybulski, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski, Drama, War
Maciek, a young Resistance fighter, is ordered to kill Szczuka, a Communist district leader, on the last day of World War II. Though killing has been easy for him in the past, Szczuka was a fellow soldier, and Maciek must decide whether to follow his orders.
Everything for Sale / Wszystko na sprzedaz (1969) Andrzej Wajda, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Andrzej Lapicki, Drama
During the Nazi occupation, Jewish prisoner Jakub Gold is released from jail and works as a gravedigger in the Warsaw ghetto. Although he manages to escape and keeps hiding in private apartments, he tries to get back to the ghetto.
In 1940, at the beginning of World War II, Soviet soldiers conduct a mass execution of captured Polish officers. With Hitler’s forces rapidly advancing into Eastern Europe, a surviving Polish officer, Lt. Jerzy (Andrzej Chyra), at great risk to his own life, chooses to stay behind with his wife, Anna (Maja Ostaszewska). As the Germans round up Lt. Jerzy and other officers, propaganda efforts cover up the truth about the Soviet soldiers’ shocking brutality.
A Woman Alone / Kobieta samotna (1981) Agnieszka Holland, Maria Chwalibóg, Boguslaw Linda, Pawel Witczak, Drama
The first motion picture film by Agnieszka Holland about loneliness, longing for affection, and misfortune. Irena, a postal delivery worker, is struggling with a inadequate housing, a drunk neighbor who wants to take her place, and a heartless boss, knowing that the whole day at work, she is leaving her young son. But the worst is the loneliness, exacerbated by her single mother status. She meets a crippled pensioner Jacek, who appears to be the key to her happiness, but tragedy continues to strike.