The Secret of Westerplatte
written & directed by Paweł Chochlew directors of photography Waldemar Szmidt, Algimantas Mikutenas music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek production design by Allan Starski costume design by Andrzej Szenajch set decorator Magdalena Widelska-Władyka make-up by Dariusz Krysiak edited by Milenia Fiedler PSM sound by Studio Segment production manager Leszek Baca
cast Bogusław Linda (Henryk Sucharski), Robert Żołędziewski (Captain Franciszek Dąbrowski), Piotr Adamczyk (Captain Mieczysław Słaby, Doctor), Mirosław Baka (Grabowski), Jakub Wesołowski (Bernard Rygielski), Bartosz Obuchowicz (Lieutenant Leon Pająk), Marcin Janos Krawczyk (Platoon Leader Piotr Buder), Przemysław Cypryański (Lieutenant Zdzisław Kręgielski), Mirosław Zbrojewicz (Ensign Jan Gryczman), Ryszard Kotys (Orderly Karol Szwedowski), Jan Englert (Lieutenant Colonel Wincenty Sobociński), Andrzej Grabowski (Petzelt), Jakub Kamieński (Kita), Kazimierz Mazur (Szamlewski), Audrius Brużas (Porucznik Stefan Grodecki), Robert Wabich, Bartłomiej Magdziarz, Jerzy Połoński, Lubomiras Laucevičius, Andrzej Młynarczyk
produced by Film Media SA co-produced by Lightcraft Warsaw; Ag Group; Baltic Film Group; Consus SA; Studio Papryka; Pay Studio; WFDiF; Pleograf sp. z o.o. co-financed by The Polish Film Institute distributed by Monolith world sales TBC
Red-One / 35 mm, 16:9, colour, Dolby Stereo, 120′
Poland / Lithuania 2010
On 1 September 1939, the German battleship SMS Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on the Polish garrison at Westerplatte. Thus began the Second World War, at 4.45 am. After seven days of unyielding defense, the Polish crew of Westerplatte, short of supplies and lacking outside help, was forced to surrender. This story tells the tale of a conflict between two great individuals: Major Sucharski, the commander of Westerplatte, who was against prolonging the fight that was doomed to begin with; and his deputy, captain Dąbrowski, who wanted to fight until the end. The script is partly based on actual events.
Born in 1971. Graduate of the Acting Department at the łódź Film School. Also worked as AD. The Secret of Westerplatte is his full-length feature debut as a director.