Polish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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1. Kanal (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, War

In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski

Votes: 5,958

2. Szatan z siódmej klasy (1960)

105 min | Adventure, Mystery

Adventures of Adam Cisowski - very smart boy- who is looking a big treasure hidden by Napoleon's Soldier in XIX century. But he is not only person who is looking a treasure. His rivals are very dangerous.

Director: Maria Kaniewska | Stars: Józef Skwark, Stanislaw Milski, Pola Raksa, Krystyna Karkowska

Votes: 225

3. Black Cross (1960)

166 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In the 15th century the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is facing a hard struggle against the neighboring Teutonic Order.Frequent clashes between the two powers finally culminate in 1410 with the Battle of Grunwald.

Director: Aleksander Ford | Stars: Urszula Modrzynska, Grazyna Staniszewska, Andrzej Szalawski, Henryk Borowski

Votes: 1,513

4. Knife in the Water (1962)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska

Votes: 17,954

5. Passenger (1963)

62 min | Drama, War

While being aboard a transatlantic ship, German woman Liza notices someone who looks like Marta, the former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard.

Directors: Andrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz | Stars: Aleksandra Slaska, Anna Ciepielewska, Jan Kreczmar, Marek Walczewski

Votes: 1,317

6. Pharaoh (1966)

180 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Young Pharaoh Ramses XIII clashes with Egypt's clergy over influence on the affairs of the state and its coffers.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Jerzy Zelnik, Wieslawa Mazurkiewicz, Barbara Brylska, Krystyna Mikolajewska

Votes: 1,492

7. Zywot Mateusza (1968)

80 min | Drama

Mateusz is a weird man living a peaceful life in a remote country house by the lake. When a stranger is attracted to his beloved sister, his life starts falling apart.

Director: Witold Leszczynski | Stars: Franciszek Pieczka, Anna Milewska, Wirgiliusz Gryn, Aleksander Fogiel

Votes: 316

8. Wszystko na sprzedaz (1969)

105 min | Drama

The disappearance of the leading actor from the film's set worries its director Andrzej. He embarks on a journey to look out for the actor with a young actor and missing actor's wife and mistress.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Beata Tyszkiewicz, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Andrzej Lapicki, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 610

9. Sól ziemi czarnej (1970)

99 min | Drama, War

During the 1920 Silesian uprising, seven brothers take part in the struggle with the Germans to keep the region in the Polish hands.

Director: Kazimierz Kutz | Stars: Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Jan Englert, Jerzy Binczycki, Jerzy Cnota

Votes: 193

10. Family Life (1971)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

A teenage girl suffers a nervous breakdown.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Sandy Ratcliff, Bill Dean, Grace Cave, Malcolm Tierney

Votes: 1,315

11. Perla w koronie (1972)

111 min | Drama

Film set during the Silesian Uprising in the 1920's. The German owners of a mine decide that it is unprofitable and want to close it by flooding it. The miners go on strike.

Director: Kazimierz Kutz | Stars: Lucja Kowolik, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Jan Englert, Franciszek Pieczka

Votes: 211

13. The Deluge (1974)

287 min | Adventure, History, Romance

During the 1655 war between Protestant Sweden and Catholic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth some Polish-Lithuanian nobles side with Swedish king Charles X Gustav while others side with the Polish king Jan Kazimierz.

Director: Jerzy Hoffman | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Malgorzata Braunek, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Kazimierz Wichniarz

Votes: 1,987

14. The Promised Land (1975)

Not Rated | 179 min | Drama

At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn, Anna Nehrebecka

Votes: 2,750

15. Noce i dnie (1975)

632 min | Drama, Romance, War

An epic saga of the Niechcic family, told from a woman's perspective. In 1914 in the war-torn Kaliniec, Barbara Niechcic remembers her youthful love, marriage hardships, family life in the countryside and finally her husband's death.

Director: Jerzy Antczak | Stars: Jadwiga Baranska, Jerzy Binczycki, Emir Buczacki, Stanislawa Celinska

Votes: 335

16. Camouflage (1977)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Piotr Garlicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Christine Paul, Mariusz Dmochowski

Votes: 1,042

17. Smierc prezydenta (1977)

144 min | Drama, History

Set at the historic moment of rebirth of Poland after World War I. The newly organized National Assembly elected Gabriel Narutowicz, a professor returning home from Switzerland to enter ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Zdzislaw Mrozewski, Marek Walczewski, Henryk Bista, Czeslaw Byszewski

Votes: 163

18. The Maids of Wilko (1979)

118 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the late '20s. A thirtyish young man, who heads a small factory, faints at the funeral of a close friend. He decides to go home to his aunt and uncle for a while, but gets involved ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Anna Seniuk, Maja Komorowska, Stanislawa Celinska

Votes: 1,020

19. Olimpiada 40 (1980)

96 min | Drama, War

The film deals with the a clandestine Olympiade held in a German POW camp during WW II, housing many Poles, but also French and Brits. A spit and a Polish German lieutenant is added to the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Kotkowski | Stars: Mariusz Benoit, Jerzy Bonczak, Tadeusz Galia, Krzysztof Janczar

Votes: 26

20. Man of Iron (1981)

PG | 156 min | Drama, History

A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania, Wieslawa Kosmalska

Votes: 2,738

21. Yesterday (1985)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Set in the 60's. In a small provincial town four high school teenagers are facing the graduation, but all that is on their minds is how to woo the home crowd to a concert full of Beatles ... See full summary »

Director: Radoslaw Piwowarski | Stars: Piotr Siwkiewicz, Anna Kazmierczak, Andrzej Zielinski, Krzysztof Majchrzak

Votes: 181

22. Siekierezada (1986)

82 min | Drama

A young, idealistic poet turns his back on civilization and goes to a small, backwoods village, rents a bed in the house of an old woman, and decides to make his living as a lumberjack. He ... See full summary »

Director: Witold Leszczynski | Stars: Edward Zentara, Ludwik Pak, Daniel Olbrychski, Ludwik Benoit

Votes: 332

23. Bohater roku (1987)

115 min | Drama

Follow up of the "Top Dog" (Wodzirej). Jerzy Stuhr reappears as Ludwik Danielak, smooth-talking hustler with a spreading waistline. He got sacked from his tv job in 1981 and now he is ready... See full summary »

Director: Feliks Falk | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Mieczyslaw Franaszek, Katarzyna Kozak, Piotr Machalica

Votes: 73

24. A Short Film About Love (1988)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance

An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko, Stefania Iwinska, Piotr Machalica

Votes: 16,627

25. Kornblumenblau (1989)

88 min | Drama, Music

A young musician uses his talents to fight for dignity and survival at Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Director: Leszek Wosiewicz | Stars: Adam Kamien, Marcin Tronski, Piotr Skiba, Krzysztof Kolberger

Votes: 91

26. Korczak (1990)

Unrated | 118 min | Biography, Drama, War

Account of the last days of life of the legendary Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his heroic dedication to protecting Jewish orphans during the war. Jewish doctor Henryk Goldszmit, ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Wojciech Pszoniak, Ewa Dalkowska, Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska, Marzena Trybala

Votes: 1,012

27. The Double Life of Véronique (1991)

R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

86 Metascore

Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jedrusik

Votes: 36,701 | Gross: $2.00M

28. Wszystko, co najwazniejsze... (1992)

98 min | Biography, Drama, War

When the war breaks out, renowned Polish-Jewish poet Aleksander Wat leaves Nazi-occupied Warsaw with his wife Ola and their son. In Lviv, however, they are arrested by the Russians and separated. Ola and her son are sent to Siberia.

Director: Robert Glinski | Stars: Ewa Skibinska, Krzysztof Globisz, Adam Siemion, Grazyna Barszczewska

Votes: 48

29. Szwadron (1992)

100 min | Drama, History, Romance

A young Russian aristocrat, Baron Fyodor Jeremin, volunteers to serve with a Dragon squadron to impress the girl who rejected his love. Just at this time the 1863 insurrection explodes in ... See full summary »

Director: Juliusz Machulski | Stars: Aleksander Bednarz, Grzegorz Damiecki, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Janusz Gajos

Votes: 160

30. Three Colors: White (1994)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

After his wife divorces him, a Polish immigrant plots to get even with her.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Stuhr

Votes: 56,100 | Gross: $1.46M

31. Crows (1994)

66 min | Drama

A thin child of about 10, nicknamed "Crow" because she mimics the bird, has no friends and rejects a teacher's hug. At home, she is left on her own, her mom locks her out while entertaining... See full summary »

Director: Dorota Kedzierzawska | Stars: Karolina Ostrozna, Katarzyna Szczepanik, Malgorzata Hajewska, Anna Prucnal

Votes: 505

32. Cwal (1996)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, History

In the early 1950s, a 10-year-old boy moves to Warsaw to stay with his bourgeois aunt. In spite of harsh Stalinist times, they are both fascinated by horses.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Maja Komorowska, Bartosz Obuchowicz, Karolina Wajda, Piotr Adamczyk

Votes: 239

33. Love Stories (1997)

87 min | Romance, Comedy

Four stories of love: yearned-for, betrayed, found. In the confessional, a priest is confronted for the first time by his eleven-year-old daughter (and seeks advice from his mother); a ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Stuhr | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Dominika Ostalowska, Irina Alfyorova, Karolina Ostrozna

Votes: 446

34. Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (1999)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, History, Romance

In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski, Grazyna Szapolowska, Andrzej Seweryn

Votes: 2,684

35. Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

A cynical doctor, who is dying of cancer, would like to know the meaning of his life. He has to fight for it or just get ready for death.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Bradecki, Monika Krzywkowska

Votes: 977

36. Quo Vadis (2001)

165 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Marcus Vinicius meets Lygia in Rome and falls in love. But she is Christian and doesn't want anything to do with him. Marcus decides to kidnap her but Ursus, her bodyguard, catches Marcus. ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Pawel Delag, Magdalena Mielcarz, Boguslaw Linda, Michal Bajor

Votes: 1,821

37. Edi (2002)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

The film tells a story of two scrap pickers - the title hero Edi and his friend Jureczek. Edi is wrongly accused of having raped the girl whose brothers have got the control over one of the... See full summary »

Director: Piotr Trzaskalski | Stars: Henryk Golebiewski, Jacek Braciak, Jacek Lenartowicz, Grzegorz Stelmaszewski

Votes: 1,956

38. Pornography (2003)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance, War

Two intellectuals, a writer and a director, begin to play a mysterious psychological game in a peaceful countryside manor house during the Nazi occupation.

Director: Jan Jakub Kolski | Stars: Krzysztof Majchrzak, Adam Ferency, Krzysztof Globisz, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska

Votes: 832

39. The Welts (2004)

91 min | Drama

Wiktor, who was mistreated by his father as a child, is now a tormented grown-up. He meets beautiful Tania and wants to settle down but it's not easy to get rid of childhood traumas.

Director: Magdalena Piekorz | Stars: Michal Zebrowski, Jan Frycz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Waclaw Adamczyk

Votes: 1,059

40. Retrieval (2006)

103 min | Drama

19 year old Wojtek lives in a poverty stricken Polish town. He is in love with an older woman, an illegal emigrant from Ukraine. He boxes in illegal matches to get money and is spotted by a... See full summary »

Director: Slawomir Fabicki | Stars: Antoni Pawlicki, Nataliya Vdovina, Jacek Braciak, Dimitri Melnichuk

Votes: 305

41. Katyn (2007)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, History, War

81 Metascore

An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska, Artur Zmijewski, Danuta Stenka

Votes: 14,416 | Gross: $0.12M

42. The Collector (2005)

100 min | Drama

Lucjan Bohme is a ruthless debt collector working in a post-industrial Silesian town. In the land of unemployment and misery, he's got a lot of work and no mercy at all. Until something happens.

Director: Feliks Falk | Stars: Andrzej Chyra, Malgorzata Kozuchowska, Kinga Preis, Grzegorz Wojdon

Votes: 1,488

43. Tricks (2007)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

Six-year-old Stefek challenges fate. He believes that setting a chain of events in motion will help him get closer to his father who left his mother. His sister helps him bribe fate with ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Jakimowski | Stars: Damian Ul, Ewelina Walendziak, Tomasz Sapryk, Rafal Guzniczak

Votes: 1,885

44. The Reverse (2009)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A story about women, set in the present and in 1950s Warsaw. The main character is Sabina, a quiet, shy woman who has just turned thirty. Clearly, she lacks a man in her life. Her mother ... See full summary »

Director: Borys Lankosz | Stars: Agata Buzek, Krystyna Janda, Anna Polony, Marcin Dorocinski

Votes: 1,779

45. All That I Love (2009)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Follows four friends in their quest to form a punk band. As workers protests sweep across the country, Janek and Staszek, the sons of a navy man, the rebellious Kazik, and the affluent ... See full summary »

Director: Jacek Borcuch | Stars: Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Olga Frycz, Jakub Gierszal, Andrzej Chyra

Votes: 1,515



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