Blindness

Release date: 25-11-2016
Director: Ryszard Bugajski
written & directed by Ryszard Bugajski director of photography Arkadiusz Tomiak production design by Andrzej Haliński costume design by Krzysztof Łoszewski make-up by Tomasz Matraszek, Anna Gorońska visual postproduction by Orka Post Production Studio sound design by Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasiński music by Shane Harvey edited by Milenia Fiedler production manager Mariusz Mielczarek producer Ryszard Bugajski co-producers Krzysztof Kamyszew, Jacek Kulczycki, Magdalena Zimecka produced by RB Film co-produced by Telewizja Polska, Agencja Produkcji Telewizyjnej i Filmowej, The Society for Arts, Orka Post Production Studio, Mazovia Film Fund, National Centre for Culture Poland, Kino Świat, TMS Diagnostyka co-financed by The Polish Film Institute, The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage distribution in Poland Kino Świat
 
cast Maria Mamona (Julia Brystygierowa), Małgorzata Zajączkowska (sister Benedykta), Janusz Gajos (priest Cieciorka), Marek Kalita (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński), Bartosz Porczyk (priosoner), Kazimierz Kaczor (mourner), Sławomir Orzechowski (keeper), Marcin Troński (buffet worker), Krzysztof Ogłoza (platoon), Barbara Bursztynowicz (woman in dinning room), Jacek Bursztynowicz (senior registrar), Zbigniew Konopka (prosecutor), Andrzej Szenajch (porter), Piotr Tołoczko (aide), Mariusz Wojciechowski (Antoni Marylski), Olga Bołądź (young Julia Brystygierowa), Katarzyna Bargiełowska (mother), Klara Bielawka (nun), Aleksandra Czajkowska, Barbara Garstka (nun), Piotr Głowacki, Jacek Grondowy, Artur Krajewski, Marcin Kwaśny, Kamila Kuboth (mourner), Andrzej Luter (preacher)

colour, 110′
Poland 2016

A little known episode from the life of Stalinist security police office Julia Brystiger. Her nickname Bloody Luna was a reference to her incredibly brutal methods of interrogation. In the early 1960s, she appears in a centre for the blind on the outskirts of Warsaw, a place often visited by Cardinal Wyszyński, whose imprisonment in 1953-1956 Brystiger supervised personally. During a difficult and heated discussion with the cardinal, Brystiger denounces the communist ideology and begs for forgiveness for her crimes and for guidance in her search for God.