Archive of films The Spring to Come / Przedwiośnie

Poland
2001, 146 min

Section: Special Events
Year: 2001


Synopsis

A story of rebellion, love and the confusion of growing up, of the search for meaning and a place in a changing world, based on the famed novel by Polish writer Stefan Żeromski. Prior to the outbreak of war, the protagonist, Cezary Baryka, lives with his parents in the multiracial city of Baku. At the time of his first falling in love, Russian revolutionaries invade the town. His friends and his beloved Armenian girl, Aida, are murdered, and his mother is arrested and dies in a work camp. His father, who returns home secretly, convinces his son to leave for Poland and to look up a family friend when he gets to Warsaw. War breaks out and on the battlefield Cezary saves the life of his friend Hipolit. The young aristocrat later invites him to visit his family estate in Nawloc. But then love enters Cezary’s life once more. His inner voice warns him what he should not do, but it no longer suggests what is most important in life. Only tragic events can lead this young man to the threshold of maturity.

About the director

Filip Bajon (b. 1947, Poland) studied law at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and direction at film school in Łódź. He has been publishing since the seventies: his literary debut was the novel Polar Bears Don’t Like Sunny Weather, and it won the Best First Book Award in 1971. He made his first film, The Return, in 1977. Nine other feature films followed (incl. Aria for an Athlete, Inspection of Crime Scene 1901, The Magnate, Poznań ’56), during which time he also worked for television (e.g. the widely acclaimed six-part series Blank Calling Card). He also directs theatre in Poznań, Krakow and Warsaw, and lectures at film schools in Łódź, Helsinki and Berlin.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Special Events
   
Director: Filip Bajon
Screenplay: Filip Bajon based on the novel by Stefan Zeromski
Dir. of Photography: Bartek Prokopowicz
Music: Michal Lorenc
Editor: Krzysztof Szpetmanski
Producer: Dariusz Jablonski
Production: Message Film
Cast: Mateusz Damiecki, Krystyna Janda, Janusz Gajos, Daniel Olbrychski, Malgorzata Lewinska, Urszula Grabowska, Karolina Gruszka
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