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Screening of the film about Pilate in Poland


A Film for Good Friday
Andrzej Wajda Film-maker
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Unfortunately, I wasn't able to achieve there something that I thought was important. Namely, just as the Gospels are divided according to the different days of the year, so I wanted the film I'd made to be called Ein Film fur Karfreitag meaning A Film for Good Friday and for German TV to show it on Good Friday. But I suspect they weren't courageous enough to do this, I think they may have also communicated with the Church authorities who perhaps weren't enthralled by my film. Perhaps they thought the film was too eccentric to show it on Good Friday. Nevertheless, the film was accepted, shown, dubbed very well. It didn't give me much satisfaction over there because like I said, it sank without much trace. However, I had great satisfaction over here.

Niestety mnie się nie udało osiągnąć tego, co mnie się wydawało ważne. Mianowicie tak jak jest Ewangelia wyznaczona na różne dni roku, tak chciałem, żeby film, który zrobiłem nazywał się Ein Film für Karfreitag czyli Film na Wielki Piątek i żeby telewizja w Wielki Piątek go pokazała. No ale myślę, że telewizja nie była na tyle śmiała. No myślę, że porozumieli się też z władzami kościelnymi, które może nie były zachwycone tak tym filmem. Może uznały, że on jest zbyt ekscentryczny jak na to, żeby go pokazać w Wielki Piątek. No ale film został przyjęty, pokazany, zdubbingowany bardzo zresztą porządnie. I z małą dla mnie satysfakcją tam, bo tam, jak mówię, przepadł w telewizji. Natomiast z wielką satysfakcją tutaj.

Polish film director Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016) was a towering presence in Polish cinema for six decades. His films, showing the horror of the German occupation of Poland, won awards at Cannes and established his reputation as both story-teller and commentator on Poland's turbulent history. As well as his impressive career in TV and film, he also served on the national Senate from 1989-91.

Listeners: Jacek Petrycki

Cinematographer Jacek Petrycki was born in Poznań, Poland in 1948. He has worked extensively in Poland and throughout the world. His credits include, for Agniezka Holland, Provincial Actors (1979), Europe, Europe (1990), Shot in the Heart (2001) and Julie Walking Home (2002), for Krysztof Kieslowski numerous short films including Camera Buff (1980) and No End (1985). Other credits include Journey to the Sun (1998), directed by Jesim Ustaoglu, which won the Golden Camera 300 award at the International Film Camera Festival, Shooters (2000) and The Valley (1999), both directed by Dan Reed, Unforgiving (1993) and Betrayed (1995) by Clive Gordon both of which won the BAFTA for best factual photography. Jacek Petrycki is also a teacher and a filmmaker.

Tags: Ein Film fur Karfreitag, Film for Good Friday

Duration: 1 minute, 11 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008