Jabłoński's War Games to open IDFA

The documentary War Games (Gry wojenne) by Dariusz Jabłoński, about Col. Ryszard Kuklinski who spied for nine years for the CIA, will open the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and compete for its Feature-Length Documentary prize

Jabłoński won the Joris Ivens Award at the Amsterdam festival in 1998 for the film Fotoamator. His latest film explores what motivated Kukliński, a trusted Polish army liaison officer with the Soviet military, to pass more than 40,000 pages of Soviet and Warsaw Pact documents to the CIA before being smuggled out of Poland with his family just before the imposition of martial law in 1981. The documentary also describes the personal price paid by the man who was hailed by some as a patriot and condemned by others as a traitor.


In developing the story, the film makes use of extensive interviews with officials and colleagues who knew Kukliński, along with documentation from former Soviet archives that had only recently been by declassified. Among those the director interviewed were former Polish President Lech Wałęsa, Polish Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, and Warsaw Pact Commander-in-Chief Viktor Kulikov.


Kukliński died in the United States in 2004. To tell his story, Jabłoński combines narrative and interviews with a special type of graphics used in computer games, which serves to emphasise the intensity of the Cold War conflict.


The IDFA festival will last from 19-29 November. More information may be found at: www.idfa.nl.

Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza