Polish TV Company congratulates our viewers on Victory in Europe Day. On this day, we commemorate those who were killed during WWII, those whom the war chased away from their homes, and wish everybody peace and joy. May the war never bother your families and may your closest people never participate in any military actions. And on this memorable day, the Polish TV Company offers you to watch the following movies about WWII. 

Katyn

Katyn

Foto: Afisha

Director: Andrzej Wajda

Released: 2017

It is one of the recent movies, and from the review, you will learn why earlier, creating such movies was impossible, well, at least, by Polish cinematography.

The events unfold in the far September 1939. Some Polish families are forced to flee east from the invading Nazis while others are trying to find a safe place for themselves and their families in the west because, from the east, the Soviet soldiers are attacking. Poles have nowhere to escape, even though they are at home, in their native country. The two bloody dictators Hitler and Stalin have divided the country, and the citizens of Poland are experiencing horrors and anguish. 

Thousands of officers and other representatives of higher classes are transported by NKVD to the USSR. There, they are shot dead and forgotten for more than half of a century. Now, the Katyn massacre can be mentioned openly, and movie-makers can pay tribute to those 22,000 best representatives of their country who were killed.

Róża

Róża

Foto: wPolityce

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski

Released: 2011

Róża lives in Poland, she speaks Polish fluently but her husband has served in Hitler`s army. By the new regime, it is considered as something that cannot be forgiven. Her Polish neighbors insist that she has to be expelled to Germany. Everybody can offend her and take advantage of her condition. 

Can she be saved by a Polish man Tadeusz who suddenly appears in her life? And he wants to do it, indeed. However, the fragile feeling finds it difficult to fight with the hatred unleashed by war. 

The movie is about the terrible fates of women who lived at that time, about the merciless time, and about love. 

The Innocents 

The Innocents

Foto: Anothermag

Director: Anne Fountaine

Released: 2016

The Innocents is an unusual movie about war. It tells us about those affected ones who aren`t usually mentioned elsewhere - the nuns. 

The events unfold at a convent in Poland. A young women doctor arrives there at the request of one of its inhabitants. The doctor discovers that many convent inhabitants are pregnant. The nuns are the victims of Soviet soldiers who raped them. 

The movie is based on the diaries of a French woman doctor Madeleine Pauliac. She worked in Poland from 1945 to 1946. While the movie doesn`t contain rape scenes, it is possible to imagine what those defenseless women survived during the war and after the victory in 1945.

How I Unleashed World War II (Jak rozpętałem drugą wojnę światową)

How I Unleashed

Foto: The Movie db

Director: Tadeusz Chmielewski

Released: 1969

By having a look at the premiere date, you might already guess that this movie isn`t going to discuss deep issues connected with war. And indeed, it is a comedy. The movie is based on the novel “Przygody kanoniera Dolasa” by Kazimierz Sławiński. The comedy is often aired on Polish TV even now, and there are reasons why.

The movie tells about a soldier who was convinced that he is the one who somehow unleashed WWII. In an effort to redeem it, he travels around Europe and Northern Africa in an attempt to join the Polish army in exile.

Manhunt

Manhunt

Foto: wPolityce

Director: Marcin Krzyształowicz

Released: 2012

This is a movie for cinema connoisseurs, a movie that shows the war from an absolutely different aspect. The war movies usually divide the characters into bad and good ones, the bad ones are normally Nazis. However, in Manhunt, there are no just victims or just killers. The movie shows that under certain circumstances, a killer might be more human than those that are supposed to be positive characters, and a victim can learn to kill without feeling anything. Finally, the cruelest crimes are committed with the best intentions: to save those whom we love.