Black Thursday
Black Thursday

Black Thursday

Director Antoni Krauze

Production year 2011

Length 105min.

Country Poland


Black Thursday is a reconstruction of the tragic events that took place on Thursday 17 December 1970 in Gdynia. The film presents the true story of the family of a shipyard worker, Brunon Drywa, who was shot by the militia on his way to work. The film displays the street demonstrations of workers and the procession that was headed by the people who carried the body of the murdered Zbigniew Godlewski. The film illustrates the brutal pacification of the demonstrators made by the army divisions and militia that resulted in the death of 18 people and hundreds left injured.


Public Award | Festival Polish Films in Seattle, USA, 2011

Special Award of the Festival Organizers | Polish Film Festival in Chicago, USA, 2011

Special Award of Professional Jury, International Press Jury Award (Best actress), | Listopad MFF, Minsk, Belorussia, 2011

IPRESCI Award, Best film | World Film Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2011

Silver Grape Award, best film | Lubusz Summer Films IFF, Lagow, Poland, 2011

Special Jury Award | Polish FF, Gdynia, Poland, 2011

The Main Award | Wisla FF, Moscow, Russia, 2012

Eagles, Polish Filmmakers Awards | , Poland, 2012

Fryderyk Award | Fryderyki Awards, Poland, 2012


Antoni Krauze
Antoni Krauze



Kazimierz Beer, Mirosław Piepka


Michał S. Pruski, Mirosław Piepka

Director of Photography

Jacek Petrycki

Production designer

Zbigniew Dalecki

Music by

Michał Lorenc


Mirosław Makowski, Michał Muzyka, Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasiński


Rafał Listopad


Michał Kowalski, Marta Honzatko, Cezary Rybiński, Marta Kalmus-Jankowska

Production company(ies)

Nordfilm, Agencja SET

Antoni Krauze

Born 1940, Warsaw, Poland. From 1958 to 1961, Krauze was an actor at the Student Theatre of Satire. In 1966 he graduated from the Directing Department of Lodz Advanced School of TV, Theatre and Cinema. To date, he has directed numerous documentaries and fiction films and also acting as a scriptwriter.


The Painting (1969), A Place to Live (1971), Pajamas (1971), The God’s Finger (1972), The Fear (1975), Accursed Manor (1976), The Journey to Arabia (1979), The Candle Party (1980), The Station (1981), The Weather Forecast (1982), A Girl from the Excelsior Hotel (1988), Aquarium (1995), Black Thursday (2011).

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