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Walesa: Man of Hope (2013)

Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (original title)
The depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland's Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970s lead to a peaceful revolution.

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Andrzej Wajda

Writer:

Janusz Glowacki (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Wieckiewicz ... Lech Walesa
Agnieszka Grochowska ... Danuta Walesa
Iwona Bielska ... Ilona
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Nawislak
Maria Rosaria Omaggio Maria Rosaria Omaggio ... Oriana Fallaci
Ewa Kolasinska ... Pracownica stoczni
Miroslaw Baka ... Klemens Gniech, dyrektor stoczni
Michal Czernecki ... Male Secretary of POP
Remigiusz Jankowski Remigiusz Jankowski ... Stoczniowiec
Wojciech Kalarus ... Przewodniczacy
Piotr Probosz Piotr Probosz ... Mijak
Marcin Hycnar ... KOR-owiec Rysiek
Maciej Marczewski ... KOR-owiec
Maciej Konopinski Maciej Konopinski ... Tajniak SB
Cezary Kosinski ... Majchrzak
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The depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland's Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970s lead to a peaceful revolution.

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | Italian

Release Date:

4 October 2013 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Walesa See more »

Filming Locations:

Gdansk, Pomorskie, Poland See more »

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Budget:

€3,500,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The premiere of the movie at 2013 Venice Film Festival was attended by Lech Walesa and his wife Danuta Walesa. They were greeted by the audience with standing ovation. See more »

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Features Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) See more »

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Kocham wolnosc
Written by Bogdan Lyszkiewicz
Performed by Chlopcy Z Placu Broni
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An ordinary hero
25 January 2017 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Biopics can often be dull affairs and 'Walesa, Man of Hope' does not initially inspire, with its corny subtitle and hackneyed framing (the man giving an interview in which eh looks back on his life). But Lech Walesa was (and is) an genuinely interesting man who moreover was cursed to live in interesting times: a not-so-humble ordinary man who more or less appointed himself to lead a group of striking miners in Poland, a rabble-rouser yet a realist, and arguably the leading global symbol of resistance to the late-era communist dictatorships in eastern Europe. Film-make Andrzej Wadja lived through this time himself, and while his portrait of Walesa is compelling though simplistic (his strengths, it is suggested, did not lie in his subtlety of character), we also see exactly how the regime retained power. Some of my favourite moves were made by Kieslowski in the hopeless aftermath of the period of martial law imposed in the early 1980s; this film tells us more about why that martial law was imposed, and also, why the hopelessness it inspired was ultimately misplaced. The Communist officials come across as less pure evil, but as ordinary people themselves, who've talked themselves into a position where they perceive they have no choice but to run a broken and oppressive system. Walesa challenged them and ultimately was a major force for change. And Wadja's film is a convincing portrait of the man and his times.


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