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Walesa. Man of Hope

Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei

Poland | 2013 | 120 minutes | Andrzej Wajda

Master filmmaker Andrzej Wajda chronicles the extraordinary Solidarity movement led by shipyard electrician Lech Walesa, a quiet revolution that would topple the Communist dictatorship in Poland and bring down the Iron Curtain.

June 1, 2014
Kirkland Performance Center  
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June 3, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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June 7, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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1970, Gdansk, Poland. The Communist authorities bloodily repress a workers’ protest. Among the workers: Lech Walesa, an ordinary shipyard electrician. Refusing to submit, he founds a new movement, Solidarity, and embarks on a “quiet revolution” that will not only topple the dictatorship in Poland but will eventually help bring down the Iron Curtain and end the Cold War. There could be no more appropriate filmmaker for this biopic than Andrzej Wajda, the 87-year-old Polish master whose illustrious career includes such epochal works as Kanal and A Generation, important historical dramas like Danton and Katyn, and who gave cinematic expression to the ideals of Solidarity in his masterpieces, Man of Marble and Man of Iron. Skillfully incorporating reams of archival material, Walsea is structured around an interview with the famously tough Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci. It finds its focal point in the dichotomy between Walesa’s working class domestic life and the world-changing role he wound up playing, undoubtedly attributable to his bullish charm, conviction, and charisma—all qualities very much to the fore in Robert Więckiewicz’s brilliant portrayal of the man.

Director Biography

Born in Suwalki, Poland, Andrzej Wajda has worked as a film and theater director, script writer, and set designer. In 2000 he received an Academy Award® for Lifetime Achievement.

Sponsored by Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Principal Cast: Robert Więckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska
Country: Poland
Year: 2013
Running Time: 120 minutes
Producer: Michał Kwieciński
Screenplay: Janusz Głowacki
Cinematographers: Paweł Edelman
Editors: Grażyna Gradoń, Milenia Fiedler
Music: Paweł Mykietyn
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2013 (Foreign Language Film), Chicago International Film Festival (Silver Hugo Best Actor Award), Palm Springs International Film Festival (Bridging the Borders Award)
Filmography: Sweet Rush (2009); Katyn (2007); The Revenge (2002); Korczak (1990); Man of Iron (1981); The Girl from Wilko (1979); Man of Marble (1977); Land of Promise (1975); Everything for Sale (1969); Ashes and Diamonds (1958); A Generation (1955); Kanal (1957); A Generation (1955)
Language: Polish, Italian
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Format: DCP
International Sales: Films Boutique
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