Black Thursday

Czarny czwartek. Janek Wisniewski padl, 2011, 105 min.

Black Thursday (2011)

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Polish Eagle (Orly) Award
Best Music for Michal Lorenc

Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”
Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Marta Honzatko

Montreal World Film Festival
FIPRESCI Prize for a film in the World Competition

Lagow International Film Festival
Silver Grape Award

Gdynia Polish Film Festival
Special Jury Award


Director Antoni Krauze
Screenplay Michal S. Pruski, Miroslaw Piepka
Cinematography Jacek Petrycki
Music Michal Lorenc
Art Director Zbigniew Dalecki
Producers Kazimierz Beer, Miroslaw Piepka


Brunon Drywa Michal Kowalski
Stefania Drywa Marta Honzatko
Irena Drywa Marta Kalmus-Jankowska
Lenon Drywa Cezary Rybinski
Wladyslaw Gomulka Wojciech Pszoniak
Zenon Kliszko Piotr Franczewski
Mieczyslaw Moczar Witold Debicki
Jozef Cyrankiewicz Piotr Garlicki


Film reconstruction of the dramatic events which took place on Thursday, December 17, 1970, in Gdynia when a workers’ demonstration against the increase in food prices was brutally pacified by the army and the militia (police). As a result, 18 people were killed and few hundred were injured. A factual story of an ordinary family of Brunon Drywa, a shipyard worker, who was shot by policemen on his way to work.