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Poland’s anti-communist icon Walesa, at last the movie

Protesters mass in the streets of Poland’s Baltic port city of Gdansk, hurling Molotov cocktails at security forces as a tank advances — and the cameras roll.

Looking on is celebrated Polish director Andrzej Wajda, 85, whose latest film is a biopic about Lech Walesa, the communist-era Solidarity opposition leader who left an indelible mark on world history by helping bring down the Iron Curtain. Continue reading

Andrzej Wajda film will shine new light on Lech Walesa

Oscar-winning Polish film-maker says he will tell the story of how an uneducated worker triggered the collapse of communism

Poland has had a complicated relationship with Lech Walesa. The love-hate of past years, however, is danger of fading into indifference and neglect. Poles are often surprised when foreigners ask after him, as if he is a half-forgotten uncle. Continue reading

Robert Wieckiewicz to Play Lech Walesa in Andrzej Wajda-Directed Biopic

Wieckiewicz most recently stared in Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness, in which he plays a Polish sewer worker who saves a group of Jews from the Nazis. The film, which premiered in Telluride and Toronto, is Poland’s official entry for the 2012 foreign language Oscars. Sony Pictures Classics has picked up In Darknessfor release stateside. Continue reading