Pokuszenie, 1995, 98 min.

Temptation (1995)


Polish Film Festival Gdynia ’95
Best Actress Award for Magdalena Cielecka,
Best Cinematography Award for Wieslaw Adort
and Best Sound Award for Wieslaw Znyk

Festival “Stars of Tomorrow” Geneve ’96
Best Actress Award for Magdalena Cielecka

Karlovy Vary Internationl Film Festival ’96
FIPRESCI Jury Prize 

World Television Festival Tokyo ’97
Best Drama Award


Director Barbara Sass
Screenplay Barbara Sass
Cinematography Wieslaw Zdrot
Music Michal Lorenz
Art Direction Wladyslaw Bielski
Anna Magdalena Cielecka
Priest Olgierd Lukaszewicz
Prison Supervisor Krzysztof Pieczynski
Abbess Miroslawa Marcheluk
Pastor Edward Zentra
Warden Pawel Burczyk
Warden Ewa Blaszczyk
Set in a political prison in post-war Poland, the story revolves around the sexual and spiritual tensions created when the security service coerces a beautiful young nun into close proximity to an imprisoned Polish bishop. This black and white film perfectly echoes the starkly contrasting demands in human nature: natural desire and spiritual will, fear and faith, love and rejection, subjugation and freedom. The sexual tension and human longing are palpable, and the security service’s understanding of these human forces is extraordinarily well depicted, especially their ability to induce spiritual pain and doubt in order to achieve their political ends.