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Katyn -- Katyn tells the affecting story of four fictional officers and their families as they struggle to uncover the truth.

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21 September 2007 (Poland) See more »
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An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 14 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Andrzej Chyra ... Lt. Jerzy
Maja Ostaszewska ... Anna
Artur Zmijewski ... Andrzej
Danuta Stenka ... Róza
Jan Englert ... General
Magdalena Cielecka ... Agnieszka
Agnieszka Glinska ... Irena
Pawel Malaszynski ... Lt. Piotr
Maja Komorowska ... Andrzej's Mother
Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Professor Jan
Antoni Pawlicki ... Tadeusz
Agnieszka Kawiorska ... Ewa

Sergey Garmash ... Maj. Popov

Joachim Paul Assböck ... Obersturmbannführer Brunon Müller (as Joachim Assböck)
Waldemar Barwinski ... Polish Officer
Sebastian Bezzel ... Propaganda Abteilung Officer

Jacek Braciak ... Lt. Klin
Stanislaw Brudny ... Old Man at the Bridge
Stanislawa Celinska ... Stasia
Leon Charewicz ... UB Major
Waldemar Czyszak
Alicja Dabrowska ... Actress
Oleg Drach ... Commisar (as Oleh Drach)
Aleksander Fabisiak ... Teacher
Wiktoria Gasiewska ... Weronika
Krzysztof Globisz ... Professor of Chemistry
Krzysztof Kolberger ... Priest
Zbigniew Kozlowski ... Militia Officer
Rafal Kronenberger
Roman Leus
Janusz Lagodzinski
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ... Priest
Maria Maj ... Wanda Wasilewska (voice)
Tomasz Miedzik
Józef Mika ... German Translator
Andrzej Pieczynski ... German Soldier
Leszek Piskorz ... Priest
Waldemar Pokromski ... Barber
Dariusz Poleszak ... German Officer
Jakub Przebindowski ... Young priest
Anna Radwan ... Elzbieta
Jacek Romanowski
Rafal Sadowski
Oleg Savkin ... NKWD Officer (as Oleh Savkin)
Dariusz Toczek ... Polish Officer
Tadeusz Wojtych ... Photographer Wladyslaw
Wieslaw Wójcik ... Postman
Krystyna Zachwatowicz ... Mrs. Greta
Ilja Zmiejew ... Lt. Kozlov
Vladimir Abramushkin (as Wladimir Abramuszkin)
Miroslaw Bala
Wojciech Chorazy
Robert Cichon
Piotr Cichon
Rafal Czachur
Jacek Drozd
Roman Gruszkiewicz
Adam Graczyk
Dymitr Holówko
Marek Karpowicz
Joanna Kawiorska ... Young Ewa
Józef Kielar
Andrzej Kociubinski
Piotr Kolski
Filip Kowalczyk
Barbara Kurzaj
Grzegorz Kwiecien
Jacek Lenartowicz
Wojciech Leonowicz
Tomasz Leszczynski
Maciej Mikolajczyk
Andrzej Mlynarczyk ... Officer
Piotr Polak
Jacek Rathe
Modest Rucinski
Szymon Rzaca
Piotr Sieklucki
Klaudia Siemek
Andrzej Sitek
Jakub Snochowski
Krzysztof Szczerbinski
Andrzej Szenajch ... Professor
Zbigniew Swiderski
Agnieszka Wensorra
Stefan Wójcicki
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Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrzej Mularczyk  story
Przemyslaw Nowakowski 
Wladyslaw Pasikowski 
Andrzej Wajda 

Produced by
Katarzyna Fukacz-Cebula .... executive producer
Michal Kwiecinski .... executive producer
Michal Kwiecinski .... producer
Dominique Lesage .... co-producer
Dariusz Wieromiejczyk .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Krzysztof Penderecki 
 
Cinematography by
Pawel Edelman 
 
Film Editing by
Milenia Fiedler 
Rafal Listopad 
 
Casting by
Ewa Brodzka 
 
Production Design by
Magdalena Dipont 
 
Art Direction by
Marek Kukawski 
Ryszard Melliwa 
 
Set Decoration by
Wieslawa Chojkowska 
 
Costume Design by
Magdalena Biedrzycka 
 
Makeup Department
Aneta Brzozowska .... makeup designer
Alicja Kozlowska .... makeup designer
Tomasz Matraszek .... makeup artist
Waldemar Pokromski .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dagmara Bonczyk .... unit production manager
Aleksandra Frosztega .... unit production manager
Magdalena Jaworska .... assistant production manager
Jerzy Mizak .... unit production manager
Kamil Przelecki .... production manager
Lukasz Zielinski .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ewa Brodzka .... second unit director
Marek Cydorowicz .... second unit director
Agnieszka Glinska .... first assistant director
Jan Kwiecinski .... trainee assistant director
Marcin Starzecki .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Waldemar Weiss .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Leszek Freund .... sound recordist
Jacek Hamela .... sound
Oleg Kulchytskyy .... sound re-recording mixer
Marek Wronko .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Jakub Knapik .... visual effects
Radoslaw Rekita .... digital intermediate conform editor
Kamil Rutkowski .... digital intermediate supervisor
Jarek Sawko .... visual effects supervisor
Filip Stylinski .... digital intermediate conform editor
Vacek Szawdyn .... visual effects
Albert Szostkiewicz .... digital compositor: Platige Image
Dorota Wolnicka-Szczesniak .... visual effects producer
Bruce Jurgens .... visual effects consultant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Marcin Bak .... stunts
Mateusz Bodzioch .... stunts
Piotr Cichon .... stunts
Robert Cichon .... stunts
Michal Derlicki .... stunts
Jacek Drozd .... stunts
Roman Gruszkiewicz .... stunts
Michal Ignatowicz .... stunts
Ryszard Janikowski .... stunt coordinator
Andrzej Kociubinski .... stunts
Tomasz Kowalski .... stunts
Robert Krzycholik .... stunts
Grzegorz Kulesza .... stunts
Lukasz Lipiarz .... stunts
Tomasz Marszalek .... stunts
Adam Matusiak .... stunts
Marek Mirenski .... stunts
Robert Morze .... stunts
Jaroslaw Olszewski .... stunts
Robert Poplawski .... stunts
Jacek Rathe .... stunts
Andrzej Sitek .... stunts
Zbigniew Swiderski .... stunts
Waclaw Szmalec .... stunts
Jacek Wrzosek .... stunts
Stefan Wójcicki .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Piotr Bukojemski .... additional camerawork
Andrzej Glacel .... Steadicam operator
Krzysztof Mieszkowski .... assistant camera
Jeremiasz Prokopowicz .... camera operator
Marek Rajca .... additional cinematographer
Piotr Sobocinski Jr. .... camera operator
Maurizio Tiella .... additional camerawork
 
Music Department
Tadeusz Boniecki .... orchestra contractor
Marta Broczkowska .... music supervisor
Piotr Domanski .... musician: timpani
Bartlomiej Gliniak .... music adapted by
Bartlomiej Gliniak .... music consultant
Bartlomiej Gliniak .... music recording supervisor
Grzegorz Gorczyca .... musician (piano)
Konstanty Andrzej Kulka .... musician (violin)
Tadeusz Mieczkowski .... music engineer
Tadeusz Mieczkowski .... music mixer
Aleksandra Ohar .... musician: cello
Stanislaw Radwan .... music adapted by
Stanislaw Radwan .... music consultant
Andrzej Sienkiewicz .... musician: bass trumpet
Antoni Wit .... conductor
Henryk Wojnarowski .... chorus master
 

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Runtime:
122 min | Germany:118 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | Argentina:118 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:121 min
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The director's father was killed in this massacre. Andrzej Wajda was only 13 years old then. His father's remains were never found.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (1h 24min in): When Tadeusz tears down the poster, we can see that he rips most of it from the wall. In the next scene when soldiers come, there is a close-up of a soldier holding the pieces of the poster that are much larger than those left by Tadeusz.See more »
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Concerto For Violin And Orchestra No. 2, MetamorphosenSee more »

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61 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
A courageous film, 17 February 2008
Author: Tomasz Lychowski from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Katyn by Andrzej Wajda

A courageous film by a director who makes no concessions. Austerity instead of high-tech. What cineast of hallucinatory action, of nude and crude sensuality, of sequences full of monumental catastrophes would make a film in which one had scenes in a slower rhythm, without sex, with shadowy photography, with quiet music and giving ethical principles priority over the characters and their lives.

One more reason, however, for us to thank Hollywood for nominating this film to run for the Oscar for the best foreign film.

The Katyn massacre, perpetrated on Stalin's orders to eliminate the fine flower of the Polish intelligentsia, was left out of official Soviet history until the glasnost of Gorbatchov. There, in the Katyn forest and in other places as well, thousands of Polish officers were massacred. The Soviets tried to attribute it to the Nazis, but the truth eventually came to light. There is still, however, in Russia today, an attempt to deny the historical truth.

I would like to make my own the reading of the film which focuses on this question of the distortion of historical fact by the apparatus of the state. The official lie imposed by the Soviet occupation of Poland brought torment to the lives of many of the families of the victims. Wajda's denunciation, along with the cry "Never kill again!" can also serve as an alert for our present world, in which so often a virtual reality becomes a substitute for the truth.

The first group of interpretations belong to the women (wives, mothers, daughters) of the dead officers: how they coped, first with the hope of their return, and then with the definitive notice of their loss. They are marvellous interpretations, revealing the director's mastery and the talent of the actors. The portrayals demonstrate how, even when nothing else is left, there is still dignity. The wife of the dead General in Katyn refuses to endorse a declaration, prepared by the Nazis, denouncing the Soviets. The truth was known – why, then, should she play Hitler's propaganda game? He was just as much the enemy as Stalin was. Another woman wants to honour the memory of her brother by putting on the family tomb a stone with his name on it. Courageously she challenges the regime, but in vain - the stone is destroyed because on it the date of the officer's death indicates clearly who is to blame.

Most of the male characters were simply victims of massacre; among those who had the opportunity of showing themselves authentically noble was a Russian officer who tried to save his Polish neighbour and her daughter. "I couldn't save my own family but I can help yours." And it is a Polish officer who has changed sides who represents, in the middle of so much heroism, the weakness of some. "It is necessary to survive," he declared.

An entire population was suffocated by the Nazi and Soviet occupation. It is a shock to be shown in the film the cordial relations between the officials of the occupying powers, which would have been inconceivable in earlier years. Poland is partitioned (yet again!) by the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. In the Poland occupied by the Nazis all the professors of a university are summoned and arrested there and then (as a means of impeding the formation of future opposition). In the Poland occupied by the Soviets, the Polish officers are made prisoners of war (an efficient means of stopping them fighting for the independence of their country).

Pawel Edelman's photography is simply a work of genius, a mixture of sombre realism and the surreal. The music of Krzystof Penderecki fits the narrative like a glove, producing just the right atmosphere at the right time. The dry narrative style has something in common with a documentary and calls to mind another of his films, Love in Germany. And there is no lack of the symbolism present in all his films, this time with a remarkably religious tone.

In the development of the story there are moments taken from the films of that period – as, for example, the powerful exhumation of the dead, scenes which served Soviets and Nazis alike in placing the blame on each other.

For me the strongest images are those of the young man who refused to declare that his father had not been killed in Katyn by the Soviets; of the two waves of fugitives running in opposite directions and meeting in the middle of a bridge – which way to run? of the general who tried to animate his men in the last Christmas of their lives and of the little girl awaiting the return of her father. This last touched me in a special way, because I too had waited for my father's return at the end of the war.

Katyn is, without doubt, one of Andrzej Wajda's greatest films.

Tomasz Lychowski Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February, 2008.

Translated into English by Graham Connell

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