No Ordinary Countess

Film screening with the director, Mieczyslawa Wazacz

Renowned for her beauty as well as her heroism, Krystyna Skarbek was born near Warsaw to the Polish Count Jerzy Skarbek and Stefania Goldfeder, a prosperous Jewish banking family. She rose to fame during World War II, when, under the nom-de-guerre Christine Granville, she became one of the longest serving female agents of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). Today, 60 years after her death, the film No Ordinary Countess pays homage to Christine and, by extension, to all the brave women and men working for the SOE. Using unique documentary material, the film explores Christine's extraordinary story, unparalleled feats of daring, and a fascinating personal life cut short by the knife of an obsessed admirer.

 

The Director, Mieczyslawa Wazacz, was trained as a filmmaker at the Polish Film School in Lodz and is a playwright, scriptwriter, and experienced filmmaker. She is the author and director of documentary and art films for Polish Television, the most acclaimed of which are: The Mask and the Crown (1996), Zygielbojm (1997), The Ultimate Sacrifice (1998), The Wall (2001), Tola Korian and Her Theatre (2006), No Ordinary Countess (2011). In addition, she has written several plays, including: Russian Roulette, Marathon, The Flower of the War, and Messiaen and His Angel (scheduled for production in Toronto in 2013). 

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