Walesa. Man of Hope
|Walesa. Man of Hope|
Robert Więckiewicz as Lech Wałęsa
|Directed by||Andrzej Wajda|
|Produced by||Michał Kwieciński|
|Screenplay by||Janusz Głowacki|
|Story by||Janusz Głowacki|
|Music by||Paweł Mykietyn|
|Editing by||Milenia Fiedler|
|Budget||3.5 million €|
Walesa. Man of Hope (Polish: Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei) (Polish pronunciation: [vaˈwɛ̃sa]) is a 2013 biopic directed by Andrzej Wajda, starring Robert Więckiewicz as Lech Wałęsa. As Andrzej Wajda conceded at Kraków's Off Plus Camera Film Festival in April 2012, he foresees trouble coming his way once the film is released. The film was selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.
Lech Wałęsa, an electrician at the Gdańsk Shipyards, participated in 1970's local demonstrations. While he keeps the bloody aftermath in mind he concentrates on day-to-day duties. Yet ten years later a new uprising takes place and he happens to become an unexpected and charismatic leader of Polish dockworkers. This is the beginning of a new movement that successfully stands up to the communistic regime. Wałęsa is pushed into representing the working population of Poland. The Soviet Union, hitherto regarded as too fearsome to mess with, has to cut them slack. The Polish example of solidarity triggers hope all over Eastern Europe and causes a domino effect. People in Eastern Germany follow the Polish example, eventually start demonstrating for freedom and then achieve the German reunification by a peaceful revolution. The Soviet Union dissolves as does Yugoslavia. While Europe is reshaped Poland remains stable and peaceful. Yet a huge variety of political parties unfolds and Poland is at the brink of becoming as ungovernable as the late Weimar Republic. Lech Wałęsa answers the calling and is elected the first president of the new Polish democracy. But now people start to think that Wałęsa has it too good. Suchlike propelled they start to seek for ways to diminish him until they finally accomplish to dig deep enough to disclose equivocal decisions he made when he still was an electrician who temporarily felt overstrained while carrying all the hopes and expectations his country had heaped on him.
In April 2011, Andrzej Wajda told The Guardian he intended to make a film just in order to "shine new light on Lech Wałęsa." Author Janusz Głowacki was quoted having said the film, "is not just going to be romanticism. There will be irony, too. Don't worry."
Director Andrzej Wajda declared in a press conference the Nobel laureate and former president of Poland had condoned the project. He also stated he considered the making of this film his so far hardest professional challenge. Still, he couldn't help but realise the categorical imperative, and consequently quoted the famous slogan of his friend Lech Wałęsa: "Nie chcę, ale muszę" ("I don’t want to, but I have to").
- Robert Więckiewicz as Lech Wałęsa
- Agnieszka Grochowska as Danuta Wałęsa
- Zbigniew Zamachowski as Nawiślak
- Maria Rosaria Omaggio as Oriana Fallaci
- Cezary Kosiński as Majchrzak
- Mirosław Baka as Klemens Gniech
- Iwona Bielska as Ilona, Wałęsa's neighbour
- Maciej Stuhr as Priest
- Małgorzata Zajączkowska as Shop assistant
- Marcin Hycnar as KOR member Rysiek
- 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 as Krzysiek
- Piotr Probosz as Mijak
- 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 (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
Andrzej Wajda announced he is going to blend in real contemporary news material. That is because the film strives to "give testimony to the truth". The contemporary footage will be adapted by superimposing the face of Robert Więckiewicz on Wałęsa's real face.
Janusz Głowacki assured journalists his script was not meant to be an apotheosis, but showed Lech Wałęsa, "as a man of flesh and blood, a leader of great strength but also someone who has his weaknesses". When he knew Andrzej Wajda pursued the same approach it made all the difference to him: "So I thought it would be an interesting project".
- Notable film portrayals of Nobel laureates
- List of submissions to the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Polish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
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