Feliks Matecki (Leon Rotman), Jowita Budnik (Leon’s Mother), Almira Nawrot (Ewelina Stolińska), Bartłomiej Topa (Greń), Filip Gurłacz (Leon’s Brother)
Grodno, eastern borderland of pre-war Poland. On the 1st of September 1939 German planes bomb the city and one of the bombs hits Leoś, Ewelina and Tadek’s school. The world of carefree childhood, playfulness and first infatuations come to an end in both a literal and symbolic way. Leoś is twelve, a Jewish boy, fascinated with the Polish independence tradition.
By virtue of the Soviet-German treaty, the Red Army enters Poland on the 17th of September 1939, planning to take Grodno over on the 20th of September. The city starts a hopeless fight. Small military detachments are supported by civilians, especially school pupils. It is the children who courageously defend the city, falling victim to the awful cruelty of the occupiers.
Born in Szczecin in 1976. Film director and screenwriter. He graduated from theFaculty of Economics and Management of the University of Szczecin and in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Warsaw. Author of films “Lincz” and “Karbala” which received many awards (incl. the Special Jury Award and the Audience Award at the 2015 Polish Film Festival in America in Chicago, the Golden Angel at the 2015 International Film Festival TOFIFEST Torun). At present, he has completed working on a docudrama Walcząca. Member of the Polish Film Academy.
2022 Orleta. Grodno ’39
2012 Viva Belarus!
2009 General Nil
AMC Village Crossing 18
(7000 N. Carpenter Ave.,Skokie)
Sunday, 11/13/22 5:30 pm.
2022, 104 min, Poland
Polish with English subtitles
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