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Walesa. Man of Hope
Walesa. Man of Hope
(Polish: Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei) (Polish pronunciation: [vaˈwɛ̃sa tʂwɔˈvʲɛk s naˈdʑɛj]) is a 2013 biopic directed by Andrzej Wajda, starring Robert Więckiewicz
Robert Więckiewicz
as Lech Wałęsa. Wajda stated at Kraków's Off Plus Camera Film Festival in April 2012 that he foresaw trouble following the film's release.[6] The film was selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[7] but was not nominated.

Contents

1 Synopsis 2 Background 3 Cast 4 Production 5 Release 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Synopsis[edit] Wałęsa, an electrician at the Gdańsk
Gdańsk
Shipyards, participated in local demonstrations during the 1970s.[8] Following the bloody aftermath, which remains with Wałęsa, he concentrates on his day-to-day duties. Ten years later, a new uprising occurs and he becomes an unexpected and charismatic leader of Polish dockworkers.[9] Wałęsa's leadership role signified the beginning of a new movement that successfully overcame the communist regime of the period, and Wałęsa is pushed into representing the majority of Poland's population. The Soviet Union, previously regarded as too powerful to confront, eventually grants the movement a degree of acceptance. The Polish example of solidarity then caused a domino effect throughout Eastern Europe: people in Eastern Germany followed the Polish example, starting demonstrations for freedom that achieved the German reunification peacefully. The Soviet Union
Soviet Union
then dissolved alongside Yugoslavia. While Europe is reshaped, Poland remains stable and peaceful. Yet a huge variety of political parties unfolds and Poland is on the brink of becoming as ungovernable as the late Weimar Republic. Wałęsa is subsequently elected as the first president of the new Polish democracy; but, this is followed by feelings of resentment among the Polish people who start to think that Wałęsa is becoming privileged.[2] Consequently, the Polish people start to seek out ways to diminish Wałęsa's significance, until they finally accomplish their goal through uncovering actions from a past period. Background[edit] In April 2011, Wajda said to The Guardian
The Guardian
that he intended to make a film to "shine new light on Lech Wałęsa",[10] while author Janusz Głowacki said the film "is not just going to be romanticism. There will be irony, too. Don't worry."[citation needed] Wajda also declared at a press conference that the Nobel laureate and former president of Poland had condoned the project.[11] Wajda stated that he considered the film the most difficult professional challenge of his filmmaking career thus far.[12] However, he showed a realisation of the categorical imperative and quoted the famous slogan of Wałęsa, a personal friend: "Nie chcę, ale muszę" ("I don’t want to, but I have to").[13] Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci
was considered for the role of Oriana Fallaci, but Maria Rosaria Omaggio
Maria Rosaria Omaggio
was finally selected.[3] Cast[edit]

Robert Więckiewicz
Robert Więckiewicz
as Lech Wałęsa[14][15][16] Agnieszka Grochowska
Agnieszka Grochowska
as Danuta Wałęsa Zbigniew Zamachowski
Zbigniew Zamachowski
as Nawiślak Maria Rosaria Omaggio
Maria Rosaria Omaggio
as Oriana Fallaci Cezary Kosiński as Majchrzak Mirosław Baka
Mirosław Baka
as Klemens Gniech Iwona Bielska as Ilona, Wałęsa's neighbour Maciej Stuhr
Maciej Stuhr
as Priest Małgorzata Zajączkowska
Małgorzata Zajączkowska
as Shop assistant Marcin Hycnar as KOR member Rysiek Dorota Wellman
Dorota Wellman
as Henryka Krzywonos Adam Woronowicz as Tadeusz Fiszbach Marcin Perchuć as Instruktor Ewa Kuryło as Anna Walentynowicz Arkadiusz Detmer as Malinowski Mateusz Kościukiewicz
Mateusz Kościukiewicz
as Krzysiek Piotr Probosz as Mijak Jerzy Nasierowski as Mijak's grandpa Ewa Kolasińska as Shipyard worker Michał Czernecki Remigiusz Jankowski as Shipyard worker Wojciech Kalarus as Chairman Maciej Marczewski as KOR member Maciej Konopiński as SB agent Marcel Głogowski as Bogdan Wałęsa (aged 8–10) Wiktor Malinowski as Jarosław Wałęsa
Jarosław Wałęsa
(aged 3–5) Kamil Jaworski as Przemysław Wałęsa (aged 5–7) Jakub Świderski as Ludwik Prądzyński Bogusław Kudłek as Bogdan Borusewicz Michał Meyer as Jerzy Borowczak Grzegorz Małecki as UB agent Ewa Konstancja Bułhak as Customs official Damian Jagusz as soldier

Production[edit] Wajda announced his intention to blend real contemporary news material with the fictional content of the film[13] to "give testimony to the truth".[17] The contemporary footage was adapted by superimposing the face of Robert Więckiewicz
Robert Więckiewicz
on Wałęsa's real face.[18] The re-enacted scenes were shot "on location in Gdańsk, including in the historic shipyard and its surroundings, as well as in Warsaw".[17] As Wajda told the Chicago Tribune, the raison d'être of his work was not to entertain the Western world, but to disclose the historic truth for a Polish audience.[2] Głowacki assured journalists that his script was not meant to be an apotheosis, but instead showed Wałęsa "as a man of flesh and blood, a leader of great strength but also someone who has his weaknesses".[17] The screenwriter was significantly affected upon discovering that Wajda sought to pursue the same approach and consequently "thought it would be an interesting project".[5] In August 2012, a company known to financial experts as "Amber Gold" was considered as an investor for this film;[19] but, when the company was investigated, it withdrew from the production process.[20] Release[edit] The film was on the program of the 2014 edition of Thailand's EU Film Festival, shown in the cities of Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
and Bangkok. Alongside films such as the Spanish feature The Pelayos, the film was one of seven films that were shown in all three cities.[21] See also[edit]

Notable film portrayals of Nobel laureates List of submissions to the 86th Academy Awards
86th Academy Awards
for Best Foreign Language Film List of Polish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

References[edit]

^ "Director Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
begins shooting Lech Walesa film". CTV Television Network. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-10.  ^ a b c "Helmer's solid look at Solidarity". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ a b Grynienko, Katarzyna (27 November 2011). "PRODUCTION: Wajda to Go into Production with Walesa". Retrieved 11 January 2012.  ^ ""Wałęsa" na festiwalu w Wenecji". Gazeta Wyborcza
Gazeta Wyborcza
(in Polish). 25 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.  ^ a b Hartwich, Dorota (1 December 2011). "Wajda starts shooting Lech Walesa biopic". Cineuropa. Retrieved 10 January 2012.  ^ "Walesa biopic 'very difficult' says Wajda". Polskie Radio. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.  ^ Roxborough, Scott (18 September 2013). "Oscars: Poland Nominates Andrzej Wajda's 'Walesa' in Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ "Gdansk hosts Walesa biopic". Polskie Radio. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ "Wałęsa. Man of hope". Akson Studio. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ Borger, Julian (4 April 2011). " Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
film will shine new light on Lech Walesa". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ "Lech Walesa biopic begins filming". BBC Online. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ "Wajda To Make Walesa Biopic". 25 November 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ a b Scislowska, Monika (24 November 2011). "Oscar-winning director starts film on Lech Walesa". The Washington Times. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ Roxborough, Scott (14 November 2011). "Robert Wieckiewicz to Play Lech Walesa in Andrzej Wajda-Directed Biopic". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 January 2012.  ^ "Cash creates star comity". Times Union. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2011.  ^ " Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
- Filming Begins On Lech Walesa Biopic". Contactmusic.com. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012.  ^ a b c "Wajda Making Movie About Wałęsa". The Warsaw Voice. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ Czarnecka, Maja (31 January 2012). "Poland's anti-communist icon Walesa, at last the movie". Yahoo. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ "Civic Platform politician asked Amber Gold for money". freepl.info. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  ^ "Walesa biopic will not have Amber Gold as investor". Polskie Radio. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-17.  ^ "Showtimes EU Film Festival 2014". SFX Cinemas. SFX Cinemas. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 

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