Interrogation

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Interrogation (Polish: Przesłuchanie) is a 1982 Polish film about false imprisonment under the Stalinist pro-Soviet Polish regime in the early 1950s. An ordinary, apolitical woman refuses to cooperate with the abusive system and its officials, who are... read more

Interrogation (Polish: Przesłuchanie) is a 1982 Polish film about false imprisonment under the Stalinist pro-Soviet Polish regime in the early 1950s. An ordinary, apolitical woman refuses to cooperate with the abusive system and its officials, who are trying to force her to incriminate a former incidental lover, now an accused political prisoner. It was directed by Ryszard Bugajski. Due to its anti-communist themes, the Polish communist government banned the film from public viewing for over seven years, until the 1989 dissolution of the Eastern Bloc allowed it to see the light of day. The film had its first theatrical release in December 1989 in Poland and was entered into the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, where Krystyna Janda won the award for Best Actress and the film itself was nominated for the Palme d'Or. Despite the film's controversial initial reception and subsequent banning, it garnered a cult fanbase through the circulation of illegally taped VHS copies, which director Ryszard Bugajski secretly helped to leak out to the general public.

Original Release

12/13/1989

US Release

09/19/1990

Cast

Krystyna Janda Antonina Dziwisz / Antonina 'Tonia' Dziwisz
Adam Ferency Tadeusz Morawski / Lieutenant Morawski
Janusz Gajos Kąpielowy / Major Zawada "Kapielowy"
Agnieszka Holland Witkowska / Communist Witkowska
Bozena Dykiel chłopka / Honorata
Olgierd Lukaszewicz Konstanty / Konstanty Dziwisz (Tonia's husband)
Anna Romantowska Miroslawa "Mira" Szejnert
Tomasz Dedek UB officer "Czesiek" arresting Tonia
Jan Jurewicz Guard
Jaroslaw Kopaczewski UB officer arresting Tonia
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ryszard Bugajski

Writers

Ryszard Bugajski, Janusz Dymek

Cast

Krystyna Janda Antonina Dziwisz / Antonina 'Tonia' Dziwisz
Adam Ferency Tadeusz Morawski / Lieutenant Morawski
Janusz Gajos Kąpielowy / Major Zawada "Kapielowy"
Agnieszka Holland Witkowska / Communist Witkowska
Bozena Dykiel chłopka / Honorata
Olgierd Lukaszewicz Konstanty / Konstanty Dziwisz (Tonia's husband)
Anna Romantowska Miroslawa "Mira" Szejnert
Tomasz Dedek UB officer "Czesiek" arresting Tonia
Jan Jurewicz Guard
Jaroslaw Kopaczewski UB officer arresting Tonia
Zofia Balucka Cell-mate
Arkadiusz Bazak Officer at Name-Day Party
Krzysztof Gosztyla Alledged victim / Alleged victim
Antonina Girycz Cell Top Dog
O. Jasinska
Tomasz Lengren Major Olcha
Katarzyna Laniewska Orphanage Manageress
Kazimierz Meres Officer at Name-Day Party
Wieslawa Mazurkiewicz Female Prison Officer
Marlena Miarczynska Young mother

Producers

Andrzej Wajda Executive Producer
Andrzej Wajda Producer
Tadeusz Drewno Producer

Editors

Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk

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