Andrzej Wajda has spent much of his long career dramatizing major events in Polish history, and this poignant feature depicts the circumstances surrounding the Soviet Union’s massacre of thousands of Polish officers in the spring of 1940. The film opens with a striking scene that underlines the plight of Wajda’s people in World War II: as hundreds of Poles cross a bridge to flee invading German troops, others run toward them to escape the advancing Russian army. The rest of this feature follows a handful of families over five years as they suffer through the Nazi occupation and the Soviet occupation that succeeded it. In Polish, Russian, and German with subtitles.
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Writer: Andrzej Mularczyk and Andrzej Wajda
Producer: Michal Kwiecinski
Cast: Joachim Paul Assbock, Waldemar Barwinski, Stanislawa Celinska, Andrzej Chyra and Magdalena Cielecka