The Rite of Passage

Release date: 15-04-2011
Director: Janusz Majewski

written & directed by Janusz Majewski director of photography Adam Bajerski PSC production design by Andrzej Haliński costume design by Elżbieta Radke make-up by Tomasz Matraszek edited by Milenia Fiedler PSM sound by Krzysztof Jastrząb production manager Tadeusz Drewno

cast Adam Wroblewski (Ludwik), Marek Kondrat (Professor Matoń), Wojciech Pszoniak (Major Trzaska), Artur Żmijewski (Ludwik’s Father), Olgierd Łukaszewicz (High School Headmaster), Wiktor Zborowski (Professor Syfon), Marian Opania (Professor Szlapka), Sonia Bohosiewicz (Attorney’s Wife), Antoni Krolikowski (Romek), Agnieszka Michalska (Ludwik’s Mother), Marta Klubowicz (Ludwik’s Aunt), Danuta Szaflarska (Old Lady), Dorota Segda (History Teacher), Grzegorz Warchoł (Janitor), Krzysztof Janczar, Przemysław Bluszcz, Łukasz Konopka, Arkadiusz Detmer, Tomasz Dedek, Adam Ferency, Piotr Grabowski, Krzysztof Dracz, Janusz Rafał Nowicki

produced by WFDiF, Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, phone +48 22 841 26 83, fax +48 22 841 58 91, e-mail wfdif@wfdif.com.pl co-produced by Krakow Festival Office, Olszańska 7, 31-513 Krakow, phone +48 12 424 96 50, www.biurofestiwalowe.pl producer Włodzimierz Niderhaus co-financed by Polish Film Institute distributed by Monolith

35 mm, Cinemascope, colour, Dolby Digital, 108′

Poland 2010

 

The story of Ludwik; growing up during the Second World War and following years. A battle for his soul ensues between biology and politics, nature and customs, the need for freedom and the oppression of Communism.

 

Janusz Majewski

Born in 1931. Graduate of architecture at the Krakow University of Technology and directing at the Łódź Film School. Director and screenwriter; lecturer in filmart. Creator of television films and television theatre plays. Winner of numerous awards at filmfestivals, including Mannheim, Cork, Panama, and Sitges.

 

Feature Filmography (selected works): 1966: The Lodger (Sublokator); 1969: The Criminal Who Stole a Crime (Zbrodniarz, który ukradł zbrodnię); The Bear (Lokis. Rękopis profesora Wittembacha); 1973: Jealousy and Medicine (Zazdrość i medycyna); 1975: Hotel Pacific (Zaklęte rewiry); 1977: The Gorgon Case (Sprawa Gorgonowej); 1979: Lesson of a Dead Language (Lekcjamartwego języka); 1982: An Epitaph for Barbara Radziwill (Epitafiumdla Barbary Radziwiłówny); 1982: Salty Rose (Słona róża); 1985: The Deserters (C.K. Dezerterzy); 1989: The Black Gorge (Czarny wąwóz); 1998: Deserters’ Gold (Złoto dezerterów); 2005: After the Season (Po sezonie); 2010: Mała matura 1947