Director Wojciech Marczewski

Production year 1981

Length 102min.

Country Poland


Set in the early 1950's, the years of Stalin's personality cult, the story begins in a provincial town. After Tomek's father, a former member of the nation’s armed forces is arrested, his mother is left with the task of raising two kids alone. The neighbor upstairs commits suicide when her husband is also arrested and transported to the detention camp for political prisoners. The teachers at school are mean, narrow-minded idealists. When they ask the kids who goes to church on Sundays, the whole class stands up. Tomek is sent to summer training school. There he absorbs most of the ideology pumped into his head, and when his father is released from prison he doesn’t recognize the son he has left.


Silver Bear, FIPRESCI, OCIC Prizes | Berlinale, Germany, 1982


Wojciech Marczewski
Wojciech Marczewski



Zbigniew Tołłoczko


Wojciech Marczewski

Director of Photography

Jerzy Zieliński

Music by

Andrzej Trzaskowski


Mariusz Kuczyński


Mariusz Kuczyński


Tomasz Hudziec, Teresa Marczewska, Marek Kondrat, Zdzisław Wardejn, Władysław Kowalski, Teresa Sawicka, Jerzy Bińczycki

Production company(ies)

Tor Film Studio

Wojciech Marczewski

Born 1944, Lodz, Poland. Polish film director and screenwriter. Marczewski began studying directing at the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in 1962. He suspended his studies in 1964 and enrolled in a university to study philosophy and history. Three years later, he returned to the film school to complete the course of study in film directing. He directed twelve films between 1968 and 2001. His 1981 film Shivers won the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize at the 32nd Berlin IFF. His film Escape from “Liberty” Cinema” was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes IFF. Apart from filmmaking, teaching occupies a prominent place in Marczewski's life. He has taught regularly at the National School of Film and Television in Copenhagen since 1984. From 1992 to 1994 he was dean of the Directing Department at the National School of Film and Television in Great Britain. In addition, Wojciech Marczewski is a co-founder of, and one of the star lecturers at, the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, which opened its doors to students in Warsaw in 2002.


Like Heaven (1967), The Bridge over the Tracks (1967), An Anatomy Lesson (1968), Attempts (1969), Long Shadows (1972), Travelers like Others (1969), Partings and Returns (1973), Easter (1974), Whiter than Snow (1975), Nightmares (1978), The Housemaster (1979), Shivers (1981), Escape from "Liberty" Cinema (1990), A Time of Betrayal (19697), Weiser (2000)

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