Film: WALESA. MAN OF HOPE
2013 Oscar Selection, Poland
Followed by Q&A with actor Robert Wieckiewicz
Andrzej Wajda (KATYN, ASHES AND DIAMONDS) brings the story of Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement to the big screen. Robert Wieckiewicz (IN DARKNESS) is magnetic as Walesa, while Agnieszka Grochowska shines as his loyal wife, Danuta. The sharp screenplay by Janusz Glowacki hinges on Walesa's landmark 1981 interview, just months before Poland declared martial law, with Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci (Maria Rosaria Omaggio), recounting in flashback the previous decade-and-a-half of activism; Walesa would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983. Official Selection, 2013 Venice, Toronto, London, Warsaw Film Festivals.
DIR Andrzej Wajda; SCR Janusz Glowacki; PROD Michal Kwiecinski. Poland, 2013, color, 128 min. In Polish and Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Sat, Dec 7, 1:00 PM
American Film Institute, Silver Spring, Maryland
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