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Katyn

2007

Andrzej Wajda
Director
Akson Studio
Production Company
TVP
Production Company

The events before, during and after the massacre at Katyn wood in 1940.

I always thought the events that took place on the Hill of Goats circa 1940 made up the ingredients for the greatest murder mystery never told. In 1943 the retreating German army announced almost gleefully that they had uncovered a mass grave of Polish officers numbering around 4,500 corpses. The Nazi's, ignoring their own dubious track record of atrocities, made a big deal of implicating the Russian army. It is often forgotten that 14 days after Germany invaded Poland in 1939, the Russians did likewise.

After the war Russian forensics experts identified german cartridge cases at the crime scene and shifted blame back to the Nazis.

And thus it might have rested but then somewhat unexpectedly in 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev announced that the massacre, now with a body count exceeding 22,000, was the work of the NKVD, the Russian Secret Service.

Wajda's film concentrates on a few individual officer's, a professor and their families to tell the sorry tale.

CountryArtworkTitleReleaseFormatRatingRuntime (Mins)Aspect
19th June 2009
Cinema




Andrzej Chyra
Lt. Jerzy
Maja Ostaszewska
Anna
Artur Zmijewski
Andrzej
Danuta Stenka
Róza
Jan Englert
General
Magdalena Cielecka
Agnieszka
Agnieszka Glinska
Irena
Pawel Malaszynski
Lt. Piotr
Maja Komorowska
Andrzej's Mother
Wladyslaw Kowalski
Professor Jan
Antoni Pawlicki
Tadeusz
Agnieszka Kawiorska
Ewa
Sergey Garmash
Maj. Popov
Joachim Paul Assböck
Obersturmbannführer Brunon Müller
Waldemar Barwinski
Polish Officer
Sebastian Bezzel
Propaganda Abteilung Officer
Jacek Braciak
Lt. Klin
Stanislaw Brudny
Old Man at the Bridge
Stanislawa Celinska
Stasia
Leon Charewicz
UB Major
Waldemar Czyszak
kamieniarz
Alicja Dabrowska
Actress
Oleg Drach
Commisar (as Oleh Drach)
Aleksander Fabisiak
Teacher
Wiktoria Gasiewska
Weronika
Krzysztof Globisz
Professor of Chemistry
Krzysztof Kolberger
Priest
Zbigniew Kozlowski
Militia Officer
Rafal Kronenberger
Roman Leus
Janusz Lagodzinski
Olgierd Lukaszewicz
Priest
Maria Maj
Wanda Wasilewska (voice)
Tomasz Miedzik
Józef Mika
German Translator
Andrzej Pieczynski
German Soldier
Leszek Piskorz
Priest
Waldemar Pokromski
Barber
Dariusz Poleszak
German Officer
Jakub Przebindowski
Young priest
Anna Radwan
Elzbieta
Jacek Romanowski
Rafal Sadowski
Oleg Savkin
NKWD Officer (as Oleh Savkin)
Dariusz Toczek
Polish Officer
Tadeusz Wojtych
Photographer Wladyslaw
Wieslaw Wójcik
Postman
Krystyna Zachwatowicz
Mrs. Greta
Ilia Zmiejew
Lt. Kozlov
Vladimir Abramushkin
(as Wladimir Abramuszkin)