Walesa. Man of Hope

Walesa. Man of Hope  {Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei}
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Walesa. Man of Hope
Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei
Poland, 2013, 127 Minute Running Time
Topics: Biopic, Family Friendly, History
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Polish English Sub-Titles

1970, Gdansk. The Communist authorities bloodily repress a workers’ protest. Among them: 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 eventually bring down the Iron Curtain and end the Cold War.

There could 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, the movie 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, no doubt attributable to his bullish charm, conviction and charisma, all qualities very much to the fore in Robert Wieckiewicz’s brilliant portrait of the man.

DIRECTOR: Andrzej Wajda
Producer: Michal Kwiecinski
Editor: Grazyna Gradon, Milenia Fiedler
Screenwriter: Janusz Glowacki
Cinematographer: Pawel Edelman
Music: Pawel Mykietyn
Principal Cast: Robert Wieckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Rosario Omaggio, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Cezary Kosinski
Filmography: Katyn (2007)
Danton (1983)
Man of Iron (1981)
Man of Marble (1977)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
Kanal (1957)
A Generation (1955)
Print Source: TVP SA

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