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Death of a President

Original title
Smierc prezydenta
Year
Running time
144 min.
Country
Poland Poland
Director
Screenwriter
Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Boleslaw Michalek
Music
Adam Walacinski
Cinematography
Jerzy Lukaszewicz, Witold Sobocinski
Cast
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Producer
Film Polski, Zespól Filmowy
Genre
Drama | Historical
Synopsis / Plot
Set at the historic moment of rebirth of Poland after World War I. The newly organized National Assembly elected Gabriel Narutowicz, a professor returning home from Switzerland to enter public life, as the first President in the history of Polish Republic. The film shows the turmoil leading to Narutowicz's election by a National Assembly divided between Polish Nationalists and the minorities, comprising one third of the population. A few days after the election the President was assasinated by a fanatic Nationalist while opening an art exhibit.
Awards
1978: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Outstanding Single Archievement
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