Daniel Olbrychski

  • Janusz Kijowski – Kung-fu (1979)

    1971-1980DramaJanusz KijowskiPoland

    “Kung-fu”. One of the genre-defining works of the cinema of moral concern. A group of friends, who drifted apart after March 1968, gets back together again to help of them, after he gets in trouble with the higher ups at work. The friends’ help brings results.
    Awards: 1979 – Polish Film Festival, Gdańsk, best directorial debut; 1980 – 33rd International Film Festival, Locarno, FIRPESCI award; 1981 – Film magazine’s “Golden Camera” for the best film dealing with contemporary issues in 1980.Read More »

  • Lech Majewski – Rycerz AKA The Knight (1980)

    1971-1980DramaLech MajewskiPoland

    THE KNIGHT (RYCERZ), 1980. Poland.
    With Piotr Skarga, Daniel Olbrychski. A haunting, austere ballad about a knight’s quest for a gold-stringed harp whose sound is said to bring peace and harmony. The film’s imagery is inspired by medieval icons. 81 min.

    New York Film Festival
    London Film Festival
    Los Angeles Film FestivalRead More »

  • Janusz Morgenstern – Jowita AKA Jovita (1967)

    Janusz Morgenstern1961-1970ArthouseDramaPoland

    Marek is a promising athlete sharing affairs with more than one women. One day at masquerade ball his loafing eyes witnessed the most beautiful pair of eyes disguised in black veil of Turkish dress and instantly get him ensnared by her enigma. He follows her, she knows it. She meets him and introduced her as Jowita and told him to wait for her outside the gate. The wait ended in frustration for him and he gets himself obsessed in search of her. Finally at another ball, he meets her again but she said she is Agnieszka and not Jowita, who is her best friend. They became friends and lovers but still those eyes of Jowita remain a mystery. Who is Jowita? An unattainable object of desire or unsolved enigma of subconscious?Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Pilat i inni AKA Pilate and Others (1972)

    Andrzej Wajda1971-1980DramaGermanyTV


    I wasn’t satisfied with the first two versions of the script which I had commissioned in Warsaw.

    Luckily for me, at that time Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita was first published in Poland. I was thrilled by it. I realized that I would not find a better text for the film than the story of Pilate. Everything was there: Christ, Pilate’s dark intrigue, Judas’ betrayal and the desperate loneliness of the single disciple and Evangelist.Read More »

  • Mariusz Wilczynski – Kill It and Leave This Town (2020)

    2011-2020AnimationHorrorMariusz WilczynskiPoland

    Fleeing from despair after losing those dearest to him, the hero hides in a safe land of memories, where time stands still and all those dear to him are alive.

    5 wins & 4 nominationsRead More »

  • Miklós Jancsó – Égi bárány AKA Agnus Dei (1971)

    1971-1980DramaHungaryMiklós Jancsó

    Alegory of the suppression of the 1919 revolution and the advent of fascism in Hungary; in the countryside, a unit of the revolutionary army spares the life of father Vargha, a fanatical priest. He comes back and leads massacres. A new force, represented by Feher, apparently avanges the people, but only to impose a different, more refined and effective kind of repression. Written by Francisco BaezRead More »

  • Margarethe von Trotta – Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg (1985)

    1981-1990ArthouseGermanyMargarethe von TrottaPolitics

    In this film, director Margarethe Von Trotta presents an inspiring and impressionistic portrait of the European socialist leader (1870 – 1919) who spent much time in prison as a result of her unpopular political views. In a performance which won her the Best Actress nod at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, Barbara Sukowa reveals Rosa’s multifaceted personality which encompassed a love of nature, a sensitivity to suffering, an unflagging hatred of militarism, and a yearning for peace. After viewing this screen biography, many will no doubt agree with Helen Deutsch’s evaluation of Rosa Luxemburg: “She was too great to be considered ‘only a woman,’ even by her enemies.”Read More »

  • Jerzy Hoffman – Potop AKA The Deluge (1974)

    1971-1980EpicJerzy HoffmanPolandWar

    Nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1974, this follow-up to WITH FIRE AND SWORD is set in the 17th century during the Swedish invasion and occupation of Poland, known as The Deluge, which left the country in ruins.
    Based on a novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz, Deluge follows the romance between a violent soldier and the young woman who tries to tame him.Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Krajobraz po bitwie AKA Landscape After Battle (1970)

    1961-1970Andrzej WajdaArthousePolandWar

    Andrzej Wajda’s Krajobraz po bitwie / Landscape After the Battle was a ground-breaking film discussing the personal stories of the inmates of a WW-II camp. The film also draws inspiration from one of Poland’s most iconic paintings.

    The screenplay was mainly based on Tadeusz Borowski’s story, Bitwa pod Grunwaldem / The Battle for Grunwald, as well as, to a lesser extent, on a few other stories by the author. The authors of the script were – Andrzej Brzozowski, the co-writer of, among others, Pasażerka by Andrzej Munk and a known film documentarian, as well as Andrzej Wajda.Read More »

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