Katyn
Katyn Director: Andrzej Wajda


This film tells the story of the Polish officers who were murdered near Katyń by the Soviet secret service NKVD in the spring of 1940. It is also the story of their relatives, many of whom waited for years for the return of their husbands, fathers, sons or brothers. After the invasion of the German Armed Forces on 1 September, 1939 and the occupation of east Poland a few weeks later by the Red Army as a result of the Hitler-Stalin pact, all officers of the Polish Army - including reservists, police officers and intellectuals - were taken into Soviet custody.

"Among them is Andrzei, an officer, who, in a dramatic scene, refuses to flee with his wife Anna, because his allegiance to the army is more important to him than his marriage vows. And then they begin arresting professors in Cracow. From this point on, the film swings back and forth between the Soviet prison camp and Cracow. In April 1943 the Germans announce on loudspeakers the list of those the Germany Army has found dead in mass graves. Andrzei is not on the list, and this gives Anna hope; but for the other widows, their world collapses."

Paul Fluckiger, Die Welt


Festivals and awards: Berlin (out of competition), Karlovy Vary, Espoo, Sofia
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Programme: Panorama

Country: Poland
Year: 2007
Length: 118
Language: Polish, German
Producer: Michal Kwiecinski
Screenplay: Andrzej Wajda, Wladyslaw Pasikowski, Przemyslaw Nowakowski
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Cinematography: Pawel Edelman
Music: Krzysztof Penderecki
Editor: Milenia Fiedler, Rafal Listopad

Cast: Maja Ostaszewska, Artur Zmijewski, Andrzej Chyra, Jan Englert, Danuta Stenka

Producer: Akson Studio


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Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda (b. 1926, Suwalki, Poland) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and at the National Film School in Łódz. Since "Ashes and Diamonds" (1958) he is regarded as one of Poland's, and Europe's, most important directors. He received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2000 and also received same award from the Venice and Berlin festivals along with numerous other international honours. KATYN is Wajda's most recent return to war issues.

valik/selected: Pokolenie (A Generation, 1954), Kanal (1956), Popol i diament (Ashes and Diamonds, 1958), Czlowiek z marmuru (Man of Marble, 1976/ Marmormees, PÖFF 2005), Czlowiek z zelaza (Man of Iron, 1981/Raudmees, PÖFF 2005), Pan Tadeusz (1999), Katyn (2007)


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