Volhynia

Wołyń, 2016, 143 min.

Volhynia (2016)
Awards

2017
Polish Film Awards “Orly”
Best Film; Best Director; Best Cinematography; Best Art Director; Best Wardrobe for Wanda Kowalska, Pawel Grabarczyk, Magdalena Rutkiewicz-Luterek, Agata Drozdowska; Best Music; Best Sound for Jacek Hamela and Katarzyna Dzida-Hamela; Best Editing for Pawel Laskowski

2016
Gdynia Film Festival
Best Cinematography for Piotr Sobocinski Jr.; Best Debut for Michalina Labacz; Best Make-up for Ewa Drobiec

Production
Director   Wojciech Smarzowski
Screenplay   Wojciech Smarzowski
Cinematography   Piotr Sobocinski Jr.
Music   Mikolaj Trzaska
Art Direction   Marek Zawierucha
Producers   Dariusz Pietrykowski,
Andrzej Polec
Cast
Zosia Glowacka-Skiba   Michalina Labacz
Maciej Skiba   Arkadiusz Jakubik
Glowacki, Zosia’s Father   Jacek Braciak
Glowacka, Zosia’s Mother   Izabela Kuna
Helena Glowacka-Huk, Zosia’s Sister   Maria Sobocinska
Petro   Wasyl Wasylik
Antek Wilk   Adrian Zaremba
Priest Jozef   Janusz Chabior
Story
A small village in the south-western part of Volhynia, populated by Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews. 1939. Zosia Glowacka is in love with a Ukrainian boy from her village. But her father decides to marry her off to the richest farmer, a Pole, Maciej Skiba, a widower much older than her and with two children. The life of the village is altered, first by the Soviet occupation and nearly two years later by the German attack on the USSR. The following year sees the hunt and brutal killings of Jews. Meanwhile, although not supported by the Germans, the Ukrainian aspirations to establish a sovereign country are constantly rising. The tension between the Polish and Ukrainian neighbors increases, as well. There are quarrels, people disappear. News of the bloody events from Eastern Volhynia reach the village. Finally, in the summer of 1943, there’s an outbreak of murders and cruelty. Troops of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) attack Polish settlements and often equally ruthless Poles take revenge on the Ukrainians. Amongst this sea of hatred, Zosia’s trying to save her children.

WARNING: Film contains some graphic violence.