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300 Miles to Heaven (1989)
"300 mil do nieba" (original title)

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Based on a true story dating back to 1985 when two Polish boys, a teenager and his little brother, escaped from communist Poland all the way to Sweden, hidden under a truck. In the movie, their destination has been changed to Denmark.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wojciech Klata ...
Grzes
Rafal Zimowski ...
Jedrek
Kama Kowalewska ...
Elka
Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak ...
The Mother
Andrzej Mellin ...
The Father
Adrianna Biedrzynska ...
Journalist
Aleksander Bednarz ...
Teacher
Krzysztof Stroinski ...
Elka's Father
Hans Christian Ægidius ...
Muzyk
Wieslaw Komasa ...
Komornik
Ryszard Mróz ...
Prokurator
Henryk Niebudek ...
Milicjant
Jerzy Schejbal ...
Konsul
Peter Steen ...
Urzednik w obozie
Holger Vistisen ...
Pracownik stacji benzynowej
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Based on a true story dating back to 1985 when two Polish boys, a teenager and his little brother, escaped from communist Poland all the way to Sweden, hidden under a truck. In the movie, their destination has been changed to Denmark.

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30 October 1989 (Poland)  »

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300 mil do nieba  »

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300 Mil Do Nieba/300 miles to heaven-This Maciej Dejczer film depicts western Europe as heaven.
15 August 2013 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Freedom is a tough philosophical concept laden with hard meanings which do not make sense to most "employed people". As a crucial element of a person's daily life, freedom is essential for all citizens of the world as it enables everybody to realize their true potential. A key thing to note about freedom is that it takes a completely new meaning with the involvement of money in its significance. It can be surmised that Polish director Maciej Dejczer must have kept these things in mind when he shot "300 Mil Do Nieba". He has made one of the finest European films which deals with key questions related to money, danger, risks, immigration etc. The theme of east versus west has been nicely dealt with in this film with the dissemination of the underlying message that life is much better in west. This makes perfect sense to two young Polish boys who experience on a personal basis how corrupt officials ruin the lives of innocent people. The political system in the east is shown as a colossal failure as an essential activity of even getting a passport is subjected to unnecessary scrutiny. It is at this stage that this film's protagonists realize the importance of risk taking in order to become completely free. It came in the form of two young lads who move to the west after hiding themselves under a truck. Some structural changes were brought in the film. For example: Denmark represented West as if it had everything.Lastly,the benign presence of Polish actor Wojciech Klata is enough to bring smiles on one's face.


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