An Ancient Tale: When the Sun Was a God

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An Ancient Tale:
When the Sun Was a God
Stara Basn Plakat.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jerzy Hoffman
Produced by Jerzy R. Michaluk, Jerzy Hoffman
Written by Józef Hen, Jerzy Hoffman
Starring Bohdan Stupka, Michał Żebrowski, Daniel Olbrychski
Music by Krzesimir Debski
Cinematography Pawel Lebieszew, Jerzy Gościk
Edited by Cezary Grzesiuk
Release date(s) 2003
Running time 135 minutes
Language Polish

An Ancient Tale: When the Sun Was a God (Polish: Stara baśń: Kiedy słońce było bogiem) is a 2003 Polish film, directed by Jerzy Hoffman. The film is based on an 1876 novel, Stara baśń, by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. It is also known as The Old Fairy Tale: When The Sun Was God.

The film was released in the UK on July 18, 2011 under the title Army of Valhalla.


An Ancient Tale: When the Sun Was a God takes place in pre-Christian Poland, when various Slavic tribes lived in lands that would later become the nation of Poland; at a time when each tribe worshipped its own deities. A cruel prince, Popiel, and his scheming wife will do anything in their power to pass control of this land to their son. (According to legend, Popiel will ultimately be eaten by mice.) The commander of Popiel's army, Piastun, opposed to the crimes and intrigues upon the people that Popiel orders him to commit to guarantee the succession, turns on Popiel.

Popiel seeks revenge upon his old commander, but Piastun is rescued from death by a young hunter and warrior, Ziemowit Piastowic. Ziemowit has spent years living with the Vikings and has only recently returned to his former homeland. Ziemowit falls in love with Dziwa, lovely daughter of Wisz, a wealthy local merchant; he wishes to marry her, but Dziwa's fate is sealed by her father — she is to become a priestess in the local temple...


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