LA PASSAGERE

By : Andrzej Munk

With : Aleksandra Slaska, Anna Ciepielewska, Jan Kreczmar, Leon Pietraszkiewicz
Pologne, 1961-1963, PAL, 4/3 - 59 mn
zone 2, N&B, mono


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English title: PASSENGER
Original title : PASAZERKA

Directed by : Andrzej Munk
With : Aleksandra Slaska, Anna Ciepielewska, Jan Kreczmar, Leon Pietraszkiewicz

Poland, 1961-1963, PAL, 4/3, 59 mn
zone 2, Black and White, mono

French and Polish version with French subtitles

Liza has got a big shock when she recognizes on a boat seagoing to Europe a young passenger: Marta, a prisoner of Auschwitz where she used to be SS warder. Liza, whose husband ignores this part of her life, suddenly remembers this frightening past. First, she tries to build a story up for her husband but gradually the real story comes out of the discussion...

Munk died in a car accident while the film was in production and the completed scenes were combined from parts of original footage and screenplay sketches by Witold Lesiewicz. The script had been inspired by radio drama called “Passenger from Cabin Number 45”, written by Zofia Posmysz -Piasecka in 1959.

Awards: 1964 - 16th International Film Festival, Cannes, Jury's Special Mention, FIPRESCI award, International Film Festival, Venice, special mention for a film outside the competition, award from the Italian Journalists' Association, 15th Czechoslovak Festival of the Working People, Prague, Main Prize, award from the Czechoslovak Union of Anti-fascist Fighters, award from the Club of Friends of Film Art, Warsaw Mermaid Polish Film Critics' Award for best Polish feature film of 1960; 1965 - Helsinki, award from the Finnish Film Critics' Association


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La passagere
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