Walesa. Man of Hope

Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei, 2013, 110 min.

Walesa. Man of Hope (2013)

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Palm Springs International Film Festival
HP Bridging The Borders Award

Chicago International Film Festival
Silver Hugo, Best Actor Award for Robert Wieckiewicz


Director Andrzej Wajda
Screenplay Janusz Glowacki
Cinematography Pawel Edelman
Music Paweł Mykietyn
Art Direction Magdalena Dipont
Producer(s) Michal Kwiecinski


Lech Walesa Robert Wieckiewicz
Danuta Walesa Agnieszka Grochowska
Oriana Fallaci Maria Rosario Omaggio
Nawislak Zbigniew Zamachowicz
Majchrzak Cezary Kosinski
Klemens Gniech Miroslaw Baka
Priest Maciej Stuhr
Tadeusz Fiszbach Adam Woronowicz
Malinowski Arkadiusz Detmar


The depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland’s Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970s lead to a peaceful revolution.

This historical perspective, combined with a dynamic story of daily life in the Polish People’s Republic, should help comprehend the phenomenon of those transformations. The film is mainly addressed to young people, at the same time constituting a reminder of an outstanding filmmaker. Sometimes you must fight for freedom, sometimes you must defend it, there are, however, no circumstances which could excuse you from contemplating our freedom.