"Black Thursday" in Montreal

Czarny czwartek (Black Thursday). Photo by Marysia Gąsecka

Czarny czwartek (Black Thursday). Photo by Marysia Gąsecka


Czarny czwartek. Janek Wiśniewski padł (Black Thursday), the latest film from Antoni Krauze, will screen in Main Competition at the 35th Montreal International Film Festival. Black Thursday will compete for the festival’s grand prize against Kret (The Mole) by Rafael Lewandowski. Both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The Montreal screenings will also mark both films’ world premiere.


Black Thursday is the story of workers’ strikes in December 1970 that were met with a brutal reaction from the communist authorities. The film is based around a Gdynia shipyard worker named Brunon Drzywa, who died during the riots after having been shot in the back at a local train station. Black Thursday received support from Agnieszka Odorowicz, General Director of the Polish Film Institute, and from Wojciech Szczurek, mayor of Gdynia.


The film features a leading cast of local actors from the Gdansk area: Marta Honzatko, Marta Kalmus-Jankowska, Michał Kowalski, with Wojciech Pszoniak, Piotr Fronczewski and Witold Dębicki in supporting roles.


Since the film’s premiere in February 2011, Black Thursday has received wide acclaim from audiences, with over 672,000 admissions to date. This places the film fourth on the list of the most watched Polish films of the year.


As director of Black Thursday, Antoni Krauze received Special Recognition of the international jury at this year’s Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.


Black Thursday was produced by the Gdynia-based production company Nordfilm. Jacek Petrycki was the film’s director of photography, while Michał Lorenc composed the score.


The Montreal International Film Festival lineup also includes Lęk wysokości (Fear of Falling) by Bartek Konopka, screening in the First Films World Competition, and Księstwo (The Principality) by Andrzej Barański, screening in the Focus on the World section of the festival.


Black Thursday was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and by the Gdynia Film Fund.


The Montreal International Film Festival runs from August 18 through August 28, 2011.


Black Thursday Screening Schedule:

August 22, 2011 – 19:00 Cinema Imperial
August 23, 2011 – 21:30 Cinema Imperial
August 24, 2011 – 14:00 Cinema Imperial


Translated by Karolina Kołtun