Death as a Slice of Bread

Date
Hour
Place
01/08
12:00
THE SMALL CINEMA


Śmierć jak kromka chleba
reż|dir Kazimierz Kutz | PL | 1994 | 116 min
prod|pro Jakub Szela scen|wr Kazimierz Kutz zdj|ph Wiesław Zdort muz|mus Wojciech Kilar mon|ed Zygmunt Duś ob|cast Janusz Gajos, Jerzy Trela, Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, Mariusz Benoit, Roman Gancarczyk dys|dis TOR

DESCRIPTION

Bloody pacification of striking miners in the ‘Wujek’ mine is one of the most dramatic events of martial law period in Poland. Kazimierz Kutz was strongly connected with Silesia and shocked by this tragedy. Director made this film after 13 years after these accidents, when the political system was changed. He portrayed a group of simple people who die in defense of their values and dignity. On December 13, martial law was introduced in Poland. Many activists of NSZZ "Solidarność" are arrested. In the ‘Wujek’ mine, the miners took a strike, demanding the release of the head of Solidarity, compliance with the ‘Jastrzębie-Zdrój regulations’ and the abolition of martial law. None of them is fulfilled. The army and ZOMO storm the mine and drown the strike in blood, killing nine miners and many wounding.


AWARDS
1994 Łagów Lubusz Film Summer – Golden Grape Award
1994 Gdynia PFF – Honorable Mention of the Jury
1994 Gdynia PFF – Award of the President of Gdynia
1995 Karlovy Vary IFF – nominated for Crystal Globe

DIRECTOR
Kazimierz Kutz (1929-2018) He is an outstanding Polish film, television and theatre director, columnist, writer and politician. Graduate of the Directing Department of the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. Representative of the Polish Film School, co-founder of the Polish Filmmakers Association. He was strongly connected with his native Silesia, to which he devoted six films, including Silesian triptych Salt of the Black Earth, Pearl in the Crown and Beads of One Rosary. Winner of numerous Polish and foreign awards, including the special Polish Film Award Orzeł (Eagle) and Platynowe Lwy (Platinum Lions) for his artistic achievements.

FILMOGRAPHY
1995 Pułkownik Kwiatkowski|Colonel Kwiatkowski
1994 Zawrócony|The Convert
1994 Śmierć jak kromka chleba|Death as a Slice of Bread
1979 Paciorki jednego różańca|The Beads of One Rosary
1971 Perła w koronie|Pearl in the Crown
1969 Sól ziemi czarnej|Salt of The Black Earth
1966 Ktokolwiek wie|Whoever May Know
1963 Milczenie|Silence
1961 Ludzie z pociągu|Panic on a Train
1960 Nikt nie woła|Nobody’s Calling
1958 Krzyż Walecznych|Cross of Valor

© Festiwal Filmu i Sztuki Dwa Brzegi Kazimierz Dolny Janowiec nad Wisłą
Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow