directed by Andrzej Wajda written by Andrzej Wajda director of photography Paweł Edelman PSC music by Paweł Mykietyn production design by Magdalena Dipont set decoration by Wiesława Chojkowska costume design by Magdalena Biedrzycka edited by Milenia Fiedler PSM sound by Jacek Hamela production manager Ewa Brodzka
cast Krystyna Janda (Marta), Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak (female friend), Jan Englert (doctor), Paweł Szajda (Boguś), Julia Pietrucha (Halinka), Roma Gąsiorowska (housekeeper)
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 Agencja Media Plus producer Michał Kwieciński co-financed by the Polish Film Institute distributed by ITI Cinema, ul. Wiertnicza 166, 02-952 Warszawa, tel. +48 22 453 36 23-24, +48 22 453 36 30, e-mail: email@example.com world sales Les Films Du Losange, 22 Avenue 1er Pierre De Serbie, 75116 Paris France, tel. +33 1 44 43 87 28, fax +33 1 49 52 06 40, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
35 mm, Cinemascope, colour, Dolby Digital, 85′
A story about making a film. An old director starts shooting the film about the life story of an aging woman who spends a lonely life at the side of her husband, a workaholic doctor. A meeting with a young man helps Marta relive her youth and feel like a woman again. That story, taking place in 1950, is then intertwined with contemporary scenes showing the dilemmas of the filmmakers and the meeting of the actress playing Marta with an intriguing stranger.
The story based on two novels: “Tatarak” by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz and “Sudden call” by Sandor Marai.
- Berlin International Film Festival 2009 – Alfred Bauer Award for opening new perspectives in the art of filmmaking
- European Film Academy Critics Award – Prix FIPRESCI (Bochum 2009)
Born in 1926. An eminent Polish, film and theatre director. Between 1972-1983, head of the X Film Studio. Prize-winner of Oscar, Cesar, Felix, Golden Lions and Berliner Golden Bear awards, as well some other awards: for his long-life professional achievements and his various films (incl. Golden Palm at IFF Cannes for “Man of Iron”). Laureate of numerous awards in Poland and abroad for his achievements in theatre productions. The knight of Japanese, French, Germanand Polish orders; the holder of honorary doctorates awarded by numerous universities. Member of American Film Academy, European Film Academy and French Academy of Arts. Founder of the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art in Kraków (financed from the award received in Kyoto in 1987). Founder and lecturer of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing established in 2002, in Warsaw.
Filmography (selected films)
1956: 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); 1970: Landscape Afer the Battle (Krajobraz po bitwie); The Birch Wood (Brzezina); 1971: Pilate and Others (Piłat i inni); 1972: The Wedding (Wesele); 1974: Land of Promise (Ziemia obiecana); 1976: Man of Marble (Człowiek z marmuru); 1978: Rough Treatment (Bez znieczulenia); 1979: The Maids from Wilko (Panny z Wilka); 1981: Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza); 1982: Danton; 1986: Chronicle of Amorous Accidents (Kronika wypadków miłosnych); 1988: The Possessed (Biesy); 1990: Korczak; 1994: Nastasja (Nastazja); 1999: Mr Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (Pan Tadeusz); 2002: The Revenge (Zemsta); 2007: Katyn; 2009: Tatarak