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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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Post Mortem Gloria et Lux Aeterna Victis See more (79 total) »

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

Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrzej Mularczyk  story
Przemyslaw Nowakowski  screenplay
Wladyslaw Pasikowski  screenplay
Andrzej Wajda  screenplay

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 Kulchytskyi .... sound re-recording mixer (as Oleg Kulchytskyy)
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
Dominika Gliniak .... music coordinator
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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122 min | Germany:118 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | Argentina:118 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:121 min
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Trivia:
Poland's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Tur says to Ewa, "Haven't you seen that Disney's "The Sleeping Beauty", remember?" That movie was first released fourteen years after 1945, so this may be a mistranslation in the subtitles for "Snow White".See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 3, Part 3 - Adagio, Part 4 - Passacaglia, Part 5 - VivaceSee more »

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123 out of 161 people found the following review useful.
Post Mortem Gloria et Lux Aeterna Victis, 14 October 2007
Author: Marcin Kukuczka from Cieszyn, Poland

Are there words to express suffering, injustice, hypocrisy of war? May empathy ease the pain of those who lost hope for a better world?

There are many movies on WWII that appear to be more or less captivating, touching as well as educational. And, in this respect, we could easily rate this movie in that way if we treat KATYN as yet another film on WWII. However, the case here is different, more to say exceptionally unique.

Andrzej Wajda, after 18 years since the downfall of communist regime, fulfills the duty he feels to his parents and all Polish Patriots and makes a film on the theme that, not long ago, was not only forbidden to discuss in theater or cinema, but in all public places, the Truth that was prohibited and highly unwelcome, the Truth about the slaughter of more than 20,000 Polish best officers committed by Soviet communists in the forests of Katyn. Andrzej Wajda based his film on Andrzej Mularczyk's story POST MORTEM and consulted great Katyn witnesses, including recently deceased Priest Zdzislaw Peszkowski (1918-2007). If the film is good or weak belongs to the opinions of particular viewers. But lots of people on the premiere day stated that it's a historic work. Why?

KATYN, though a movie, is a wonderful documentary that supplies the viewer with TRUTHFUL information on what really happened in 1940, why it happened and who did this (facts that were most distorted in many historical books and many other sources for years). Here, the truth is more important than anything else. The movie contains archive footage, pictures and terrific narrator. These moments are well balanced and, though appearing several times, do not disturb anything but make for all the rest. And what is the rest?

The rest contains particularly vivid plots of families, their dreams, their fear, husbands/sons' honor, wives' love and care, and foremost young officers' martyrdom. The story of Andrzej (Artur Zmijewski) is exceptionally moving. His situation seems to represent the Poland of that time: torn between two oppressors, two worlds: Nazi Germany who attacked it on September, the 1st, 1939 and communist Russia who attacked it from the east 17 days later. As a victim of Katyn massacre, Andrzej appears to tell us a tragic story of separation, extreme suffering, but hope, to the very last day, the hope for survival. His notebook seems to tell us: "No, I will live, they're taking us somewhere but I'll surely see my beloved woman, my loving mum and my sweet daughter." The tragic though full of hope Christmas Eve also depicts that attitude. Other characters, including Jerzy (Andrzej Chyra), Andrzej's wife Anna (Maja Ostaszewska), General's wife (Danuta Stenka) constitute a brilliant insight into various, usually helpless, reactions towards evil, hypocrisy, injustice, cruelty and neutrality.

These stories are executed in an accurate and universal way. In such historic but tragic content, there is usually a tendency to become either too preachy or too emotional, which, to some extend, jerk the tears from viewers' eyes by force. Wajda does not do anything of these. He remains with the people, with humanity in general, does not give the final answer to anything. He seems to be with all of us and appears to depict a quest for truth, quest for justice and for humanity. Besides, he uses lots of very accurate symbols. The unforgettable and probably most thought provoking symbol is when Andrzej's wife looks for her husband and uncovers the bodies of soldiers. Among them, she occurs to uncover the figure of Christ taken from the Cross in church and laid among the deceased. Haven't we killed God by losing respect for life? Another brilliant symbol is when Russian soldiers tear the Polish flag into two parts, hanging the red part again as the Russian flag and using the white part as a foot dressing.

Except for the factors described above, KATYN is also a wonderful piece of work as a film. Very good cinematography, moody atmosphere, flawless performances. Artur Zmijewski does a brilliant job as Andrzej, Maja Ostaszewska is genuine as his wife and heroic, in a sense, Maja Komorowska is again a real artist in her job giving a real portrayal of the caring and then mourning mother. And Andrzej Chyra as Jerzy whose conscience and solidarity do not allow him to go on...magnificent!

But at the end I must tell you that it was not easy for me to write this review. The stories like this one do not lead to wordy comments, much noise, opinions, praise or criticism. They call for silence, the sacred silence that lets us honor those who died in such inhumane way. This silence shall constitute a significant message for today's generation, shall help us see deeper and give us faith to believe that their lives did not end in the soil. Therefore, though difficult, I consider KATYN one of the most important movies I have seen in my life.

Yes, dear young Patriot, hold Your Rosary high. The world will probably call your act "the act of despair". Yet, the world is befriended with lie and you are now victorious in a world of Glory and Eternal Light where there is no room for "lie". R.I.P.

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