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13 YEARS, 13 MINUTES
13 YEARS, 13 MINUTES
Director MAREK MALDIS
Screenplay GRZEGORZ LUBCZYK
Cinematography KRZYSZTOF KALUKIN
Music ADAM GALANT, ARTUR GORDANO
Producer MARIA MAZUREK

       A story of two boys from Poland and Hungary, Romek Strzalkowski and Peter Mansfeld, who
       found themselves in the turmoil of the dramatic 1956 events taking place in two countries of  
       Central Europe. They are both legendary figures of Poznan '56 and Budapest '56.
 
       13-year old Romek was the youngest victim of the first workers' rebellion against communist
       authorities in Poland. During so-called "Black Thursday" on June 26, he joined the
       demonstrators and was killed protesting near the UB political police headquarters. The tragic
       events in Poznan of June 28, 1956 form an intriguing background for the documentary directors
       to present the figure of Romek Strzalkowski in the last moments of his life. Different versions
       of the young person's death are presented.
 
       Peter Mansfeld was the youngest victim of post-revolt communist uprisings in Hungary. As a
       15 years old boy he took part in Budapest fighting. After the revolution he had been quelled by
       the Soviet army in 1956, but he did not lay down his arms. However, a military group set up by
       him was thrown into disarray. In 1959 Peter, under-age, was sentenced to death.
 
       We get to know what the communist regime was capable of. Because of the cruelty of his
       oppressors, Peter's death took 13 minutes. "Similar to the death of Jesus Christ on the cross",
       Mansfeld's Hungarian biographer said, which is where the second part of the title comes from.
      
       The authors have also tried to analyze the importance of the legend about the two boys who
       fought against communism in Poland and Hungary. They have presented the battle for Romek
       Strzalkowski and Peter Mansfeld to be remembered. Fortunately, the battle has been won, as
       both young heroes are remembered quite well today.
The 15th Annual
Polish Film Festival
October 7-16, 2014
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