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Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Poland 2013 127 mins. In Polish, Italian

This remarkable historical epic, tracing Lech Walesa’s rise from simple shipyard electrician to leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement and Polish president, is the last part of venerable director Andrzej Wajda’s trilogy about how worker disillusionment with Communism helped to bring about the system’s demise. Centering on Walesa and his wife Danuta, the screenplay, built around a 1981 interview he gave to Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, chronicles two decades of high stakes events while, in Wajda’s words “…making a movie about a people’s hero…a politician who came from the social lows and rose to his position purely and only thanks to his own will, his own strength, his own energy, his intelligence.”