With Katyn, celebrated Polish director Andrzej Wajda delivers a sweeping drama that exposes an oft-overlooked moment in WWII history. After the Nazis stormed into Poland, Stalin ordered Russian soldiers into the country as well, in order to oversee the imprisonment of all Polish officers. As these prisoners fearfully struggled to make sense of what was happening to them, the women in their lives—wives, siblings, mothers, daughters—anxiously awaited their return. Though mystery shrouded the events that were to unfold, these women eventually learned the bitter truth. Sadly, they were ordered to remain silent due to post-war Poland's dependence on Russia.
Though he won an honorary Oscar in 2000, Wajda proves with Katyn that he has no intention of slowing down. Based on a novel by Andrzej Mularczyck (Post Mortem), Wajda elevates it into a work of pure cinema. It helps that he's chosen some truly accomplished collaborators: Pawel Edelman's richly textured cinematography and Krzysztof Penderecki's powerful, resonant score help to further establish an atmosphere of beautiful sorrow. The cast—including Maja Osteszewska, Artur Zmijewski, and Andrzej Chyra—rise to the challenge as well, bringing a humanity and warmth to their characters that pack an even more devastating emotional punch.From the Back Cover:
1940. After Germany's invasion of Poland, Joseph Stalin ordered the liquidation of the Polish officer corps, slaughtering nearly 22,000 men in Katyń Forest. Based on this horrific, historical event, Katyn tells the affecting story of four fictional officers and their families as they struggle to uncover the truth. Based on the novel Post Mortem by Andrzej Mularczyk.
• Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
• Winner of the European Film Awards Prix d'Excellence
• The critically-acclaimed film from Poland's greatest living director, Andrzej Wajda
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Actors: Artur Zmijewski, Maja Ostaszewska, Andrzej Chyra, Danuta Stenka, Jan Englert, Magdalena Cielecka
Screenwriter: Andrzej Wajda , Wladyslaw Pasikowski, Przemyslaw Nowakowski
Music: Krzysztof Penderecki
Cinematographer: Pawel Edelman
Features: Interview with Andrzej Wajda, "Katyn: 60 Days on the Set" making-of featurette
2007, Widescreen, Color, 121 mins, Dolby Digital
Format: NTSC, Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Genre: Drama, World War I-II, Romance