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Zieja (2020)

The 70s. A Security Service Major wishes to "buy" gullible priest Zieja and turn him into an agent who will discredit the opposition. The priest's interrogations become a natural pretext ... See full summary »

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Robert Glinski
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrzej Seweryn ... Priest Jan Zieja
Mateusz Wieclawek ... Young Jan Zieja
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Adam Grosicki
Slawomir Orzechowski ... SB colonel
Kamil Przystal Kamil Przystal ... Lieutenant (1976)
Kaja Walden Kaja Walden ... Secretary Krystyna
Katarzyna Trzcinska Katarzyna Trzcinska ... Nun
Malgorzata Rozniatowska ... Patient
Malgorzata Maslanka-Krajewska Malgorzata Maslanka-Krajewska ... Patient (as Malgorzata Maslanka)
Katarzyna Romanczuk Katarzyna Romanczuk ... Patient
Marianna Zydek ... Zosia Pasterska
Anna Matecka Anna Matecka ... Sister
Alex Kozlowski Alex Kozlowski ... Blind boy
Piotr Machalica ... Cardinal Aleksander Kakowski
Czeslaw Bogdanski Czeslaw Bogdanski ... Bishop (1922)
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The 70s. A Security Service Major wishes to "buy" gullible priest Zieja and turn him into an agent who will discredit the opposition. The priest's interrogations become a natural pretext for a journey through the history of Poland in the twentieth century: from the Bolshevik war of 1920, through World War II, up to modern times. It turns out that the seemingly naive Father Zieja is actually a clever rebel. The world he lived in was unacceptable to him. He was ahead of his time. A lonely journey without a passport to Rome in the 1930s turned into thoughts of a European Union. Performing the Catholic funeral rites of a woman who committed suicide (during the 20s of the past century) was an protest against the church's rules. Proclaiming the slogan "never kill anyone, not even your enemies" during the Second World War, was against patriotic mythologies and foretold future pacifist attitudes. Zieja puts his life and freedom on the line in the name of moral, ethical and religious values in... Written by ron_whisky

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Nie zabijaj nigdy nikogo

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Drama

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The passage of Jan Zieja.
6 September 2020 | by morrison-dylan-fanSee all my reviews

After having gone to see Tenet (2020) the day before I spoke to a friend on the phone about what other films were coming out. Getting told that the local Odeon were doing a one-off screening of a interesting-sounding Polish Drama later that day,I got set to meet Zieja.

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On opposing sides not only round the table, but also morally, Andrzej Seweryn and Zbigniew Zamachowski set the screen ablaze in Zieja and Grosicki's interrogation sequences, thanks to the stamping of feet frustration Zamachowski gives Grosicki being counted in this psychological duel with a upright, quiet confidence Seweryn has beaming from every word of Zieja.

A important figure sadly not that well known outside of Poland, the screenplay by Wojciech Lepianka spans a impressively compact bio-pic on Jan Zieja, going right back in flashbacks to Zieja's involvement in the Warsaw Uprising,to the 70's,where Zieja's liberal liturgical catches the attention of the Communists secret services.

Based around the interrogation with Zieja and Grosicki, Lepianka's consistent move to flashbacks gives what should be the centrepiece of the title a stop-start atmosphere, where just as tensions are starting to build, Lepianka steps back and enters a flashback.

Rolling up the opening sequence to Grosicki being a slob in bed, director Robert Glinski & cinematographer Witold Plociennik firmly place Zieja on the other side with graceful close-ups and splintered shadows casting a spiritual aura on Zieja.

Closely working with editor Ewa Smal, Glinski stylishly links Zieja's experience at the interrogation table with the horrors he's faced in life,via pristine match-cuts linking the flashbacks and the present into each other,along with eye-catch screen-wipes performed by Zieja walking across the screen to deliver a sermon.


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Poland

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Polish

Release Date:

28 August 2020 (Poland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lublin, Lubelskie, Poland See more »

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Budget:

PLN2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,101
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