37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Walesa: Man of Hope

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Famous journalist Oriana Fallaci conducts a daringly brazen interview, with former Polish “Solidarity” movement leader Lech Wałęsa. This biopic uses the interview as a springboard to delve into a dramatic, biographical portion beginning in 1970 after the communist authorities have bloodily suppressed the workers’ protest, forcing Wałęsa to collaborate with the Security Services. Sustained by his family’s unflinching support, he balances not only the hardships of daily life, but also surmounting, dangerous political pressure. Fear and sense of security, necessity of subordination and a will to rebel – the film, just as Lech Wałęsa’s life, is full of contrast. Introduction by Dariusz Tolczyk (U.Va.)


Sunday, November 9


7:00 PM


Downtown Mall : Regal 2

Film Info

Director: Andrzej Wajda

Runtime: 127 min.

Year: 2013

Country: Poland

Featuring: Robert Więckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Cezary Kosiński