Walesa. Man of Hope
directed by Andrzej Wajda written by Janusz Głowacki director of photography Paweł Edelman production design by Magdalena Dipont costume design by Magdalena Biedrzycka make-up by Waldemar Pokromski, Tomasz Matraszek sound by Jacek Hamela edited by Milenia Fiedler production manager Paweł Gabryś producer Michał Kwieciński produced by Akson Studio co-produced by Telekomunikacja Polska, Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Canal+ Cyfrowy co-financed by the Polish Film Institute festivals TVP SA – International Affairs, 17, J.P. Woronicza str., 00-999 Warsaw, Poland, ph: 48 22 547 8501, fax: 48 22 547 4248, Aleksandra.Biernacka@tvp.pl, www.international.tvp.pl distributed by ITI Cinema
cast Robert Więckiewicz (Lech Wałęsa), Agnieszka Grochowska (Danuta Wałęsa), Iwona Bielska (Ilona, neighbour), Zbigniew Zamachowski (Nawiślak), Maria Rosaria Omaggio (Oriana Fallaci), Ewa Kolasińska, Mirosław Baka, Michał Czernecki, Remigiusz Jankowski, Wojciech Kalarus, Piotr Probosz (Mijak), Marcin Hycnar (Rysiek), Maciej Marczewski, Maciej Konopiński, Cezary Kosiński (Majchrzak), Marcel Głogowski (Bogdan Wałęsa at age 8-10), Wiktor Malinowski (Jarosław Wałęsa at age 3-5), Kamil Jaworski (Przemysław Wałęsa at age 5-7), Katarzyna Ankudowicz
How could one man have such an impact on the modern world? Walesa is an attempt at capturing the metamorphosis of a simple man – from an electric technician at the Gdansk shipyard who fought for labour rights to a charismatic leader who awoke the desire for freedom in millions of people and led to changes that exceeded their wildest dreams.