The tragical death of 96 people on the board of the Presidential aircraft in Monday's premiere.

‘Smolenks’ in Warsaw

On 10 April 2010, the Polish aircraft crashed into the ground near the Russian city of Smolensk, resulting in the death of 96 people including President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria. This Monday, National Opera in Warsaw was first to see the tragic events depicted in a disaster movie ‘Smolensk’.

The plot follows the investigative journalist and his attempts to look into the details and real circumstances behind the plane crash that lead to the death of high Polish representatives. The filming lasted for the period of 2013-2016. Among the other viewers, the current Polish President, Andrzej Duda, attended the premiere together with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a twin brother of Lech Kaczynski. The director of ‘Smolensk’, Antoni Krauze, states that it was his civic duty to film the most tragic event in the History of Poland since WWII. The director also expressed his hope to bring up patriotism and unity regardless the opposing political views in the Polish society and raise a natural interest to the truth and real causes of the presidential aircraft crash in 2010.

According to the survey conducted by CBOS Institute last April, the opinions of the Polish society as to the real causes of this tragedy have divided into 3 camps: 29% of the respondents believe that all the circumstances have been fully demonstrated and proven, 30% require a further investigation, and further 30% claim that no true explanation and facts have been presented so far.

Apart from directing, Antoni Krauze also took part in the screenplay development together with Tomasz Łysiak, Marcin Wolski, and the film’s producer Marcin Wolski. Lech Łotocki and Ewa Dałkowska performed the leading roles of the President Kaczyński and the First Lady, and the musical score was composed by the leading film soundtrack composer Michal Lorenc. The official release of ‘Smolensk’ is set on Friday, but it will also appear on 21 September as a participant at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.