Viva Maria!

Director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska

directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska director of photography Magda Kowalczyk, Kacper Lisowski edited by Stefan Paruch sound by Zofia Gołębiowska production manager Anna Wydra produced by Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, phone/fax +48 22 851 10 56-57, +48 22 851 10 67, e-mail:,
Poland 2010

The story of Maria Fołtyn, a great Polish opera diva. She single-handedly created the title role in Halka by Stanisław Moniuszko in performances given all over the world. Stalin applauded her, Castro was delighted – but she did not become a favourite of the ruling system. Nowadays she educates her potential successors, teaching them for example how to “sing silence”. A film about a life full of great passion.


Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza