'Warsaw 44' breaks box office record for 2014
PR dla Zagranicy
Director Jan Komasa's new movie about the Warsaw Rising, Warsaw 44, has taken just three weeks to become Poland's biggest box office hit of the year.
Image. Kino Swiat/press materials
Cinemas across Poland have registered that over 1.24 million tickets were sold for screenings during the movie's first 21 days on release.
Komasa's film takes the top spot from Wladyslaw Pasikowski's Cold War thriller Jack Strong, which garnered 1.17 million viewers in the wake of its February release.
Warsaw 44 has also significantly outstripped the biggest international blockbusters of the year, including Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street (972,500 viewers) and Transformers 4 (564,000).
Over the last five years, only 10 Polish films have managed to pass the 1 million mark at the box office, and Komasa's film may well top that list over the coming weeks.
Warsaw 44 focuses on a group of young insurgents that took part in the ill-fated uprising against Nazi Germany in 1944.
32-year-old Komasa penned the script for the movie, and spent 8 years raising funds for the film, together with producer Michal Kaminski.
The plot is loosely based on the experiences of Jacek Domaradzki (codename Alfa), who fought in the rising alongside his fiancé (codename Omega), until fate intervened.
The 63-day insurgency ended in capitulation, with nominal ally the Red Army reneging on initial pledges to liberate the city in cooperation with the Poles.
Up to 200,000 people died during the rising, mostly civilians, and historians remain divided about whether the insurgency should have been launched. (nh)
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