drama, war, romance I 2019 I Poland
SUNDAY 25/10/2020 6:00pm
Original Title: Legiony
Duration: 136 min
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Director: Dariusz Gajewski
Writer: Dariusz Gajewski, Maciej Pawlicki,
Michal Godzic, Tomasz Łysiak
Cast: Sebastian Fabijański, Bartosz Gelner, Wiktoria Wolańska, Mirosław Baka, Jan Frycz
Join us for a glass of wine and the Australian premiere of THE LEGIONS.
One of the most expensive Polish film productions of all time, THE LEGIONS follows a love triangle set against the backdrop of the heroic struggle of Polish Legions to win independence from Tsarist Russia.
A story of love, friendship, big dreams and entering adulthood in the early years of World War I. Shot on a grand scale, THE LEGIONS is an epic tale about the generation of 1914-1916 Polish Legions who fearlessly threw themselves at Russian cannons in the fight for Polish independence. Armed struggle is the background for a love triangle unfolding between Józek, a Tsarist army deserter who joins the emerging Legions, Ola, an intelligence agent for the 1st Brigade and her fiancée, lancer Tadeusz Zbarski.
Józek (Sebastian Fabijański), a deserter from the Tsarist army, is brutally beaten by pursuing soldiers and left for dead. Miraculously rescued, he joins the newly formed units of the Polish Legions as cook’s assistant. When he meets Ola (Wiktoria Wolańska), an intelligence agent for the 1st Brigade, he is immediately attracted to her and begins to compete for her heart with uhlan Tadeusz Zbarski (Bartosz Gelner).
THE LEGIONS portrays fictional characters whose fates are based on the lives of real legionnaires, while also featuring many historical characters including brigadier Józef Piłsudski, future Marshal and leader of independent Poland. The film focuses on the Legion's combat trail between 1914 and 1916, from the departure from Oleandry to the battle of Kosciuchnowka, and shows the most dramatic events including the famous uhlan attack at Rokitna - one of the most spectacular scenes in the film.
"I was fascinated by these young people, who sacrificed their lives because of their faith in a country that was not on the map. The youth is fascinating with its unwavering faith in love, friendship and the certainty that everything is possible. That it's enough to want something and this is what this film is about" — said director Dariusz Gajewski.
Director and screenwriter. A graduate of the Directing Department of the Film School in Łódź, vice president of the Polish Filmmakers Association. Creator of fictional and documentary films as well as television performances. Winner of script competition for a film about the Warsaw Uprising. Laureate of Wielki Jantar at the Koszalin Festival of Film Debuts "Młodzi i film" for ALARM (2002). His WARSAW was showered with awards at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia in 2003 (Golden Lions, award for directing and screenplay, award of the Polish Philharmonic Society), as well as being distinguished at festivals in Houston, Swietłogorsk and Tarnow. In addition, he directed the films "LESSONS OF MR. KUKI" (2007) and "STRANGER HEAVEN" (2015, main prize at the Off Camera festival in Krakow).
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
NOMINATED: Golden Lions Best Film, Polish Film Festival I 2019