Seattle Polish Film Festival: Baptism


Poland | 2022 | 88 min. | Jakub Skoczeń

October 21, 2023

Seattle Polish Film Festival

Marianna wants the family to live in harmony. The christening of her youngest grandson is a chance for reconciliation between her relatives. Plans are thwarted by General Jaruzelski. It is December 13, 1981. On this solemn day for the whole family, martial law is introduced.

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this screening.

December 13, 1981. Marianna, a devout Catholic, decides to use the family celebration - the christening of her youngest grandson - to reconcile her children who have been arguing for years. The whole family comes together and Marianna believes that her children can reconcile. She is unexpectedly interrupted by General Jaruzelski, who announces martial law that day. In order to bring the family reconciliation to an end, Marianna decides to hide the truth about the situation in the country from her children. This seemingly small lie will trigger an avalanche of unexpected events that will be difficult to stop.

  • Director: Jakub Skoczeń
  • Principal Cast: Katarzyna Figura, Maciej Musiałowski, Tomasz Schuchardt, Michał Żurawski, Agata Bykowska, Marta Chyczewska, Marianna Gierszewska, Tomasz Włosok
  • Country: Poland
  • Year: 2022
  • Running Time: 88 min.
  • Language: Polish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes