32th Haifa International Film Festival
Dir.: Andrzej Wajda
Pro.: Michal Kwiecinski
Sc.: Janusz Glowacki
DP.: Pawel Edelman
Ed.: Grazyna Gradon, Milenia Fiedler
Festivals: Venice, Toronto
Cast: Robert Wieckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Cezary Kosinski, Maria Rosaria Omaggio
Source: TVP SA, Warsaw
120 min., Polish, Hebrew and English subtitles
Legendary Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda tackles the story of another of his country’s legends - former dockworker, Solidarity founder, and eventual Polish president Lech Walesa - in this epic, decade-spanning biopic.
How was it possible that a single man influenced contemporary world so significantly? The film is an attempt to capture a phenomenon of metamorphosis of a common man into a charismatic leader. It is an attempt to see how a Gdansk shipyard electrician, Lech Walesa, fighting for workers' rights, awakened a hidden desire for freedom in millions of people, and how it led to the changes surpassing the then common imagination. Interlacing personal history of Lech Walesa - a leader of the Trade Union of the Gdansk shipyard - with the archival footage and the cult protest songs of the era, he paints a panorama of events that have given rise to opportunity of constructing a new political and social reality at the beginning of the 21st century world-wide.
Filmography (selection): Sweet Rush (2009), Katyn (2007), Korczak (1990), Danton (1983), Man of Iron (1981), Man of Marble (1977), Landscape After Battle (1970), Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Kanal (1957)