Synopsis: When the Soviet Union on 17 September 1939 invades Poland, Anna Aleksandrowna leaves her home in Krakow to search for her husband, the Polish captain Andrzej. She finds him together with other officers captured by the Red Army, but some minutes later he is pushed into a train, which will take all the Polish officers to a prison camp in Kozelsk in Russia. Anna and her daughter Nika is now stuck in the Soviet occupied zone, unable to go back to Krakow in the German zone, not until a brave Russian captain helps them to flee. 3 April 1940 Andrzej is transported from the prison camp in Kozelsk to the Katyn Forest, where thousands of Polish officers are killed. In 1943 the Germans capture this area and find the mass graves. 13 April 1943 they start announcing the names of the identified corpses through loudspeakers in Krakow. Anna is happy that Andrzej is not in any of the Katyn lists, which gives her some hope. 18 January 1945 the Red Army liberates Krakow from the Nazis. The Russians start
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Andrzej Wajda
Production: Artificial Eye
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations.
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121 min

present the film

based on Andrzej

Mularczyk's novel Post Mortem..

Screenplay by


as Major Popov




Costume Designer

Uniforms and Military Items by

Set Designer

Interior Designer

Photography of

the September 1 939 sequence by

Edited by

Production Manager

Executive Producer



Director of Photography

Directed by

September 1 7, 1 939

Where to, folks?!

There are Germans behind us!

The Soviets have entered!

Where are you going?

Turn back!

The Russkies have entered!


Germans are behind us...

Mrs. Anna! Mrs. Anna!

Where to?

I'm looking for my husband.

Where are they?

You don't know?

The Soviets attacked at dawn.

My husband told me to return

to Cracow immediately.

My husband knows

what's he talking about.

- Madam...

- They must know that we're safe.

Why jeopardize yourself and the kid?

Be reasonable.

- Madame, please.

- Start.


Where are you?!

My God, Nika!


Come, doggie.

Nothing to be scared of.

I told you to stick with me!

He's alone and scared.

Let's take him along.

We can't. We're in a hurry.

He may be waiting for his master.

Excuse me, do you

know where the 8th

- Cracow Uhlan Regiment is?

- The uhlans are no more.

And the officers?

Where's the staff?

There's a hospital

in the church.

They may know something.

Ask them.

- Is dad there?

- I don't know. We'll see.

In nomine Patris, et Filii,

et Spiritus Sancti...

- Mom, the coat.

- What coat?

Dad's coat.

I can tell by the blue ribbon.

Hold this.

- What's happening?

- The President's address!

The president's address!


... until today has

withstood the onslaught

of the overwhelming

German forces,

our eastern neighbor

has invaded our lands in violation

of covenants, and the immutable

principles of morality.

Warsaw as the capital

is no more!

- Who's that?

- Molotov, Soviet Foreign Minister.

- The Soviets are everywhere.

- Where are the officers?

The POW's are at the station

if they're there.

- They were to be transported to Russia.

- Thank you. Hurry up Niki.

- You can leave her with me.

- I want to come along.

Wait here.

I'll be back with daddy.

I have another bicycle.

Take this for your husband.

- I'll be right back.

- Grzes, see the lady off.

Take the bicycle

and leave it there.

September 1 7, 1 939

The Bolsheviks have entered.

Surrounded by Soviet tanks,

we surrender weapons.

They take us for POW's

though there was no war with them.

They have separated the officers

and let the soldiers go home,

but have retained us, the officers.

I'll try to write from time to time

to let you know

what happen to me

if I died and didn't return.

Maybe this notebook

will be sent to you.

- They're dividing us.

- Wait a minute.

What're you doing?

I've decided to describe

everything I've seen here

day by day.

The Germans take our soldiers,

the Soviets, our officers.

Makes no difference.

Captivity is captivity.

No honor to an officer.

- I see only the dark side.

- Meaning?

Moscow hasn't signed

the Geneva Convention.

How long do you think

their friendship will last?

Hitler declared

a 1 000-year-old Reich

and communism is forever.

Greetings to the representatives

of the German Army.

First Lieutenant of the NKVD Kozlov.

A thousand years at least.

- You never lose your sense of humor.

- My common sense rather.

- How goes it, comrades?

- Fine.

Their alliance won't last a year,

which means they'll

need us very badly.


One transport to Smolensk,

the second, to Belgorod,

and the third to Kharkov.

- Anna? Your wife?

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