directed by Ryszard Bugajski written by Ryszard Bugajski, Krzysztof Łukaszewicz director of photography Piotr Śliskowski PSC music by Shane Harvey production design by Aniko Kiss costume design by Małgorzata Zacharska, Andrzej Szenajch editing by Ewa Romanowska-Rózewicz PSM sound by Aleksander Musiałowski, Wojciech Ślusarz production manager Tadeusz Drewno cast Olgierd Łukaszewicz (gen. Fieldorf), Alicja Jachiewicz (Alicja Fieldorf), Magdalena Emilianowicz (Krystyna Fieldorf), Anna Cieślak (Maria Fieldorf), Zbigniew Stryj (Stefan Bajer), Jacek Rozenek (colonel Józef Różański), Krzysztof Franieczek (lieut. Kazimierz Górski), Maciej Mikołajczyk (Wiesiek), Stefan Szmidt (gen. Tadeusz „Bór” Komorowski), Nela Biernacka (Zosia Fieldorf), Maria Mamona (Helena Błociszewska), Maciej Radel (Michał), Maciej Kozłowski (Tadeusz Grzmielewski), Leszek Lichota („Klemm”), Tomasz Dedek (gen. Stanisław Tatar), Wenanty Nosul (Bierut), Grzegorz Wolf (Minister Radkiewicz), Artur Dziurman (lieut. Józef Czaplicki), Wadim Afanassiew (lieut. Siemion Dawydow), Jakub Ulewicz (Bierut’s secretary), Katarzyna Herman (judge Maria Gurowska) produced by Documentary and Feature Film Studio, Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, phone +48 22 841 26 83, e-mail email@example.com co-produced by Monolith Films, Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, phone +48 22 851 10 77, fax +48 22 851 10 79, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.monolith.pl; Telekomunikacja Poland co-financing Polish Film Institute; Capital City of Warsaw; Ministry of National Defence producer Włodzimierz Niderhaus co-producers Mariusz Łukomski, Dominique Lesage, Francois-Arnaud Remael, Tadeusz Filipkowski, Anna Jakubowska distributed by Monolith Films world sales Monolith Films, Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, phone +48 22 851 10 77, fax +48 22 851 10 79, e-mail email@example.com www.monolith.pl
35 mm, Cinemascope, colour, Dolby Digital, 120′
The action of the film takes place between 1947 and 1953, and reconstructs the last years of general August Emil Fieldorf’s life (pseudonym “Nil”), a legendary commander in chief of Armia Krajowa Kedyw, who was falsely accused and sentenced to death by the communist regime. The film shows his return from the prisoners-of-war camp in the USSR, arrest, interrogation, and finally the period shortly before the verdict and his execution.
Born in 1943. Film and theatre director, screenwriter, essayist, plays translator. Graduated from philosophy at Warsaw University and from Łódź Film School. In 1981 directed “Interrogation”, a famous film which received numerous awards following the 1989 political turnover in Poland. For making this film, he was dismissed from work in the film studio on disciplinary grounds by the communist authorities and forced to emigrate. In 1990, Krystyna Janda received Best Actress Award atthe Cannes Film Festivalfor her main role in “Interrogation”.
Feature films (selected)
1979: A Woman and a Woman (Kobieta i kobieta); 1982: Interrogation (Przesłuchanie); 1995: Players (Gracze); 2005: What Happened to Our Solidarity? [in:] Solidarity, Solidarity (Co się stało z naszą solidarnością [w:] Solidarność, Solidarność); 2009: General Nil (Generał Nil)
- 43rd WorldFest-Houston Independent International Film Festival – Special Jury Award
- 9th Tiburon International Film Festival, USA 2010 – awards for Best Director and Best Actor
- 21st Polish Film Festival in America, Chicago 2009 – Special Award of the Jury
“Military Cinema” Film Festival, Warsaw 2009 – “Golden Sabre” Grand Prize
5. Saturno International Film Festival – The Silver Saturno