Gdansk hosts Walesa biopic
PR dla Zagranicy
Shooting for the forthcoming biopic of Lech Walesa moved to Gdansk on Tuesday with locals set to take part as extras.
According to Akson Studio, producers of the film, scenes are being shot this week covering the bloody events of December 1970, during which the communist authorities carried out a suppression of workers' riots.
Walesa, who is being played by acclaimed actor Robert Wieckiewicz, took part in the 1970 demonstrations, which occurred ten years before the founding of the Solidarity trade union.
Scenes will be shot both in the Gdansk shipyard and on the city's streets.
Director Andrzej Wajda, Poland's pre-eminent film-maker, said before filming began that the movie will also be inter-cut with archival footage.
Wajda, who will turn 86 in March, has stated that the film will be the hardest of his career.
“I do not want to, but I must,” he said, echoing Walesa's own words.
Chief cinematographer for the film is Pawel Edelman, who shot Polanski's The Pianist (2002), as well as several of Wajda's recent films, among them Katyn (2007).
The film is set for release in Poland this autumn. (nh)