Essential Cinema: Films of Andrzej Wajda

THE PROMISED LAND

Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Poland, 1975, 3h 0min, DCP, In Polish with English Subtitles

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Set in the midst of the Industrial Revolution in 19th Century Lodz, Poland, THE PROMISED LAND is a vibrant anti-capitalist epic, and one of Wajda’s great masterpieces. Three friends of different backgrounds (Wajda deliberately celebrates Poland’s multicultural past with his choice of main characters) determine that they can pool their resources to start a textile factory. They enter a modern landscape of money and machines, and run-ins with powerful and ruthlessly competitive industrial barons. Wajda adopts a pulsing energy in his visual approach to the film, adapting to the pace of the time. The factory floors are frenetic and dangerous, with conditions ever worsening for workers.  Wajda’s film is a moral tale about capitalism bringing out the worst in mankind, but was also an allegory for the contemporary Communist politics of his time. The film earned Wajda his first Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.

"100 Years of Poland’s Regained Independence: Polish History in Film Masterpieces" is a public task co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland under the "Collaboration in the Field of Public Diplomacy 2018" competition. The views expressed above are those of its author and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

Event is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the Cultural Bridges grant programme run by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Multiannual ‘NIEPODLEGŁA’ Programme for 2017-2021.
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