directed by Andrzej Wajda written by Andrzej Wajda, Przemysław Nowakowski, Władysław Pasikowski based on the story by Andrzej Mularczyk directors of photography Paweł Edelman, Marek Rajca cinematographers Jeremi Prokopowicz, Piotr Sobociński music by Krzysztof Penderecki production design by Magdalena Dipont set decoration by Wiesława Chojkowska costume design by Magdalena Biedrzycka military costume design by Andrzej Szenajch editing by Milenia Fiedler, Rafał Listopad sound by Leszek Freund, Marek Wronko, Jacek Hamela make-up Waldemar Pokromski, Tomasz Matraszek production manager Kamil Przełęcki
cast Maja Ostaszewska (Anna), Artur Żmijewski (Andrzej), Maja Komorowska (Maria), Władysław Kowalski (Jan), Wiktoria Gąsiewska (Nika, Andrzej and Anna’s Daughter), Anna Radwan (Elżbieta), Andrzej Chyra (Jerzy), Jan Englert (General), Danuta Stenka (Róża, General’s Wife), Agnieszka Kawiorska and Joanna Kawiorska (Ewa, Róża’s Daughter), Stanisława Celińska (Stasia, General’s Housekeeper), Paweł Małaszyński (Piotr), Magdalena Cielecka (Agnieszka, Piotr’s Sister), Agnieszka Glińska (Irena, Piotr’s Sister), Antoni Pawlicki (Tadeusz “Tur”, Elżbieta’s Son)
produced by Akson Studio, Stępińska 22/30, 00-739 Warsaw, phone +48 22 840 68 34, fax +48 22 840 77 82, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org co-produced by TVP SA, TP SA co-financing Polish Film Institute executive producer Katarzyna Fukacz-Cebula producer Michał Kwieciński distributed by ITI Cinema, Wiertnicza 166, 02-952 Warsaw, phone +48 22 453 36 02, fax +48 22 453 36 04, e-mail email@example.com world sales ITI Cinema
35 mm, colour, 1:2,25 (Cinema Scope), Dolby Digital, 125′
On September 17th, 1939 Soviet Union invaded Poland. Polish officers were taken captive and imprisoned in prisoner camps in Kozielsk, Ostaszkowo and Starobielsk. In April and May 1940 about 22 thousands of Polish officers, soldiers and policemen were murdered by the order of Stalin. In 1943 in Katyń Germans discovered the graves of murdered by the NKVD. Soviets accused Germans of this crime and fabricated false pieces of evidence. This lie was convenient to allies too.
In communist Poland telling the truth about Katyń resulted in persecutions. Families of the murdered had to face the tragic news about their relatives’ horrible death, but also to bear a cynical lie – the official version of the tragic events.
Born in 1926. Theatre and film director. Co-founder of Polish Film School, one of the most prominent personages of European cinema. Laureate of numerous festivals and lifetime achievement awards: Golden Palm (1981), Cesar (1982), European Film Award (1990), Freedom Award (1999) and Oscar (2000). Founder and lecturer of Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.
Feature filmography (selected)
1954: A Generation (Pokolenie); 1957: Canal (Kanał); 1958: Ashes and Diamonds (Popiół i diament); 1960: Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni czarodzieje); 1965: The Ashes (Popioły); 1968: Everything for Sale (Wszystko na sprzedaż); 1969: Hunting Flies (Polowanie na muchy); 1970: Landscape After The Battle (Krajobraz po bitwie); The Birch Wood (Brzezina); 1971: Pilate and Others (Piłat i inni); 1972: The Wedding (Wesele); 1974: The Promised Land (Ziemia obiecana); 1976: Man of Marble (Człowiek z marmuru); 1978: Rough Treatment (Bez znieczulenia); 1979: The Maids from Wilko (Panny z Wilka); Conductor (Dyrygent); 1981: Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza); 1982: Danton; 1983: A Love In Germany (Miłość w Niemczech); 1986: Chronicle of Amorous Accidents (Kronika wypadków miłosnych); 1988: The Possessed (Biesy); Korczak; 1994: Nastasja; 1995: Holy Week (Wielki Tydzień); 1999: Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (Pan Tadeusz); 2002: The Revenge (Zemsta); 2007: Katyń