Michal KWIECINSKI (Akson ), Dariusz WIEROMIEJCZYK (TVP SA)
A story of Polish officers murdered by the NKVD in Katyń during WW II. A picture of women unaware of the crime, who were waiting for their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. An uncompromising reckoning with the lie, which aim was to forget Polish heroes. A film about an invincible struggle for the memory and truth, thanks to which Poles live in a free country today.
The beginning of WW II. After the Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland, following Joseph Stalin’s order, on September 17, 1939, also units of the Red Army trespassed on the Polish soil. Consequently, all Polish Officers found themselves in Soviet slavery.
One of the main plots tells the story of Andrzej – a young Polish captain in an Uhlan regiment who keeps a detailed diary. In September 1939, he is taken prisoner by the Soviet Army, which separates the officers from the enlisted men, who are allowed to return home, while the officers are held. His wife Anna and daughter Weronika, nicknamed “Nika”, find him shortly before he is deported to the USSR. Presented with an opportunity to escape, he refuses on the basis of his oath of loyalty to the Polish military…
Awards 2008 – Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film 2008 – European Film Festival Award – Prix d’Excellence 2009 – Czech Lion Awards nomination