MATEUSZ WIECLAWEK (Bronek Budny), MARIANNA ZYDEK (Marta), ADRIAN BRZAKALA (Priest), ZBIGNIEW STRYJ (Colonel Wojnar), MACIEJ MIKOLAJCZYK (Karol Wojtyla)
The action is set in the Communist Poland. The film is based on true events and tells unknown story of surveillance operation whose target was Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II. Told from the perspective of a young officer in charge of the operation; he invigilated Wojtyla for over 20 years from his consecration as a bishop of Krakow in 1958 until his election as Pope in 1978. The film skillfully uses generic tropes of an espionage thriller to tell a dark but compelling story of a man tasked with a morally indefensible objective, who succumbs to loneliness and despair. Wojtyla, the goal of the surveillance operation, is only visible in the film in rare glimpses, and yet his life becomes the obsession of the main character.
Born in 1952 in Warsaw. Director, screenwriter and educator. Studied Architecture at Warsaw Collage of Technology. Graduate of the National Film School in Łódź (Film Directing, 1979). Lecturer of film from 2002, and rector of the National Film School in Lodz, 2008-2012. Co-founder of K. Irzykowski Film Studio. Worked in many theatres in Poland and for Polish TV. Recipient of numerous international awards.
2023 Strawman (Figurant)
2017 Be Prepared! (Czuwaj)
2014 Stones for the Rampant (Kamienie na szaniec)
2009 Piggies (Swinki)
2001 Hi Tessa (Czesc Tereska)
1997 Love Me and Do Anything You Want (Kochaj i rob co chcesz)
1992 All That Really Matters (Wszystko, co najwazniejsze)
1988 Swan Song (Labedzi spiew)
1983 Sunday Pranks (Niedzielne igraszki)
Saturday 11/18/23 7:00 pm.
AMC NEWCITY 14
(1500 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago)
Thursday 11/30/23 8:45 pm.
(1112 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642)
2023, 113 min, Poland
Polish with English subtitles
ADAM BAJERSKI PSC
KRZYSZTOF SZPETMANSKI PSM
DOCUMENTARY FILM STUDIO