Walesa. Man of Hope, Poland’s candidate for Oscar
September 19, 2013
The Polish Oscar Committee has submitted biopic “Walesa. Man of Hope” by four-time Academy Award nominee Andrzej Wajda for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The film is a depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner, the legendary founder and leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement, former Polish President Lech Wałęsa.
The role of Wałęsa is played by Robert Więckiewicz. The film also stars Agnieszka Grochowska as Wałęsa’s wife – Danuta. Cinematography was handled by Paweł Edelman.
So far four of Wajda’s films have been nominated for the best foreign language prize: The Promised Land in 1975, The Maids of Wilko in 1979, Man of Iron in 1986 and, in 2007, the historic war drama Katyn. But the 87-year-old Polish director has only won one Oscar, an honorary statuette for his life's work in 2000.
“Walesa: Man of Hope” will open in Poland on Oct. 4.
The nominees for best foreign language film will be announced in January and the winner at the Oscar ceremony March 2.