This could not have worked! It’s year 1901, Józef Piłsudski “Ziuk” (Borys Szyc), after a daring escape from a mental asylum, again leads the Polish independence underground movement. Uncompromising on the battlefield, in his private life tormented by passions, he is torn between the two women of his life – his wife (Magdalena Boczarska) and lover (Maria Dębska). Considered a terrorist by conservative members of the Polish Socialist Party, Piłsudski together with his closest associates would not stop at anything – assaults on Tsar’s officials and top officers, bomb smuggling, bold attack on trains – to achieve his goal: independent Poland. The year 1914 is approaching and “Ziuk” sees new chances to achieve the impossible objective. “Piłsudski” is an adventurous movie, a passionate romance, a true story of Marshal’s life, so far unknown.
Gatunek filmowy: Historical Drama
At the beginning of the 20th century, somewhere in the outskirts of the Russian Empire, a doctor administers a lethal overdose of ether to a young woman – the object of his desire. After getting away with his crime, he finds employment in an Austro-Hungarian fortress, where he continues his experiments with ether to manage pain and manipulate human behaviour. Despite his evilness, it is not too late for his soul to be saved from eternal damnation…
HABIT AND ARMOUR
They are founded to convert and to heal. But they want more. They want to be above others. Sacred oaks fall to the ground. Prussian villages are burning. The monks are building a state: rich, perfectly managed, authoritarian and theocratic. An invincible state.
They take control of the nearby port – Gdańsk – and they call on knights to join a safari against Lithuanians.
Their despised neighbours establish an alliance. As Poland and Lithuania lay the cornerstone of a superpower, the Order declares war. The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth wins the climactic battle but it fails to overbear the Order. This war lasts 13 years.
The people of Teutonic towns, Toruń in particular, turn out to be the biggest winners of the conflict. They want to be free. They are the ones to overcome the Order by choosing Jagiellonian Poland: the country of freedom and progress. The citizens of Prussian lands renounce allegiance to the Order and become subjects of the Commonwealth.
Longing for freedom versus an authoritarian corporation – this is the story of the Teutonic Order. Even today its legacy keeps influencing the shape Europe.
‘Warsaw Uprising’ is the first non-fiction war drama in the world, made exclusively from real footage. It tells the history of the Warsaw Uprising through the eyes of two young reporters, witnesses to the fighting. The movie uses the authentic newsreels from September 1944. With the aid of modern color correction and digital reconstruction of audiovisual media, and the assistance of great specialists and filmmakers, the creators of ‘Warsaw Uprising’ created a film exceptional on a global scale. Six hours of original Warsaw Uprising newsreels; 7 months of work; a team of military, fashion, and architecture specialists as well as urbanists, varsavianists and historians; 1000 hours of color consulting; 1200 scenes; 1440 hours of color correction and reconstruction; 112.000 chosen frames; 648.000 minutes of reconstruction; 22.971.520 megabytes of data – these are but a few numbers that help grasp the magnitude of the effort that was put into making this movie. The result is an 85 minutes long film, fully reconstructed, colored and emotional, that shows the Warsaw Uprising with an unprecedented dose of realism.
Papusza’ is a film based on a dramatic story of Bronisława ‘Papusza’ Wajs – the first Romani poet, who wrote down their poems. It is also a story about the meeting between two poets: Papusza and a Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, who noticed her great talent, encouraged to record her works and who then translated them into Polish. In 1956 Papusza’s first poetic book was published. It wouldn’t be possible without the help of a third poet, Julian Tuwim. Papusza’s songs permanently enriched Polish culture, providing it with an insight into the Roma soul.
‘Papusza’ is an artistic historical film. It tries to throw light upon the turbulent life of the poet. The action commences in 1910 and ends in the 80s. Not only did the filmmakers have to realistically depict a number separate epochs, but also they had to reconstruct the whole, gone by now, Romani world. Construction of the trains of Romani caravans and the carts, preparing the set design and make-up was done with so much attention to details that the preparations took more than five years.
‘Papusza’ is the first Polish movie in Roma language. Its big assets are the beautiful black and white cinematography by Krzysztof Ptak and Wojciech Staroń and music by Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz.