"80 Million" as Comic Book

80 million as a comic book


80 milionów (80 Million), directed by Waldemar Krzystek is Poland’s candidate for the foreign language Academy Awards and has received a subsidy from the Polish Film Institute for promoting the film in the United States.

Comic Book about 80 Million

December 3, 2012 will mark the Los Angeles screening of 80 milionów (80 Million) for members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who decide on nominations for the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film’s producer, Wrocław-based Mediabrigade, has chosen to promote the film among Academy members in an unorthodox way. Two top industry papers, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, will feature a three-page comic book insert depicting the extravagant move of the protagonists – withdrawing 80 million zlotys from the bank right before the introduction of martial law in Poland.


The comic book is aimed at showing the events from Poland’s contemporary history and encouraging Academy members to vote for the Polish candidate. The comics were prepared by Kamil “Kurt” Kochański, graphic artist, illustrator and storyboard artist, responsible for animation for various films, including the feature Jeż Jerzy (Jeż Jerzy: The Movie). Kochański’s works have been published in “Fantastyka” and “Produkt” magazines in Poland.

Short List in Early January

In early January 2013, the Academy will release the short list of top nine foreign language films. On January 10, the final five nominated titles in this category will be announced.

80 milionów (80 Million)

Co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, Waldemar Krzystek’s 80 milionów (80 Million) is a story of the fight against the communist system. Wrocław, 1981. The film is based on real events that took place ten days before the introduction of martial law, when Władysław Frasyniuk, then leader of the Wrocław leg of “Solidarity”, and four of his colleagues withdrew 80 million of “Solidarity” funds from the bank; money that was later used to build the underground movement.

Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute

The film was produced by Mediabrigade, written by Waldemar Krzystek and Krzysztof Kopka, lensed by Piotr Śliskowski. 80 Million features performances by Wojciech Solarz, Krzysztof Czeczot, Maciej Makowski, Piotr Głowacki, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, and Marcin Bosak. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


The Oscar campaign of 80 milionów (80 Million) is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.


Written by Paulina Bez based on the press release


Translated by Karolina Kołtun