MUNDIAL. THE HIGHEST STAKES

MUNDIAL. GRA O WSZYSTKO

By Michał BIELAWSKI

UNLIMITED FILM OPERATIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2013

1982. Polish national soccer team plays its best in World Cup Espana '82 while in Poland, political opposition connected with Solidarity movement stays isolated in detention camps. With polish team progress in the Spanish tournament polish society and detainees forget about the martial law.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary, First film, Historical
    • Countries
    • POLAND
    • Languages
    • POLISH, FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 95 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michał BIELAWSKI
    • Writer(s)
    • Michał BIELAWSKI
    • Producer(s)
    • Łukasz BORZĘCKI (Unlimited Film Operations), Michał BIELAWSKI (Unlimited Film Operations), Michał CHACIŃSKI (Unlimited Film Operations)
    • Synopsis
    • The “España '82” World Cup was the last big success of the Polish national football team. Viewers all over the country, glued to their TV sets, marvelled at the goals scored by Boniek and Smolarek, the extraordinary agility of Lato, Kupcewicz and Buncol, the spectacular goalkeeper parades of Młynarczyk. For a brief moment, Poland forgot the bleak reality of Martial Law: censorship, troops on the streets, prisons overflowing with members of the political opposition. The national team's performance was so successful that it was nicknamed “the best TV series of Martial Law Poland”.

“Mundial. The highest stakes.” tells the fascinating, untold story of sport and politics in the aberrant period of Martial Law. The World Cup was watched with equal devotion by interned activists of the delegalised “Solidarity” and censors, who's job was to diligently cut any signs of Polish political opposition from the live TV broadcast (mostly banners with the word “Solidarity” displayed in the bleachers of the stadium). The film shows us also the perspective of the football players, who, apart from having to deal with the pressure of playing in the World Cup, had to live up to the expectations of their fans and skilfully manage the political regime themselves. 

The documentary Mndial. The highest stakes.” is a combination of unique archive materials from *Polish Television, Polish Film Chronicles, *materials from *FIFA, *3D-animated photos from the Białołęka internment camp, drawings and interviews with the football players sports commentators and the interned members of political opposition.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2011
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