Filmoteka Narodowa's special night with music by Horny Trees

Cud nad Wisłą (The Miracle of the Vistula)

Wrocław's Market Square, July 28th (Wednesday), 2010, at 10 pm

Filmoteka Narodowa (the National Film Archive) invites you to a showing of two films connected with the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw in 1920, referred to as the Miracle of the Vistula, accompanied by live music performed by Horny Trees.

DLA CIEBIE, POLSKO / KU CHWALE OJCZYZNY (For You, Poland/For the Country) 34 min.

Directed by: Antoni Bednarczyk;

Written by: Marian Józefowicz;

Cinematography: Stanisław Sebel;

Cast: Antoni Różański, Jan Karpowicz, Stanisław Jasieński, Jadwiga Doliwa, Ryszard Sobiszewski, Paweł Owerłło and others

Production: Polfilm and CUF, Poland 1920

The film's plot is set during the war between Poland and the Soviet Russia (1919 - 1921). Wartime brutally encroaches on the life of a couple in love - Franek and Hanka. The Bolshevik troops cause damage to Polish villages and manor houses, and in one of the manor houses the invaders have a carousel. Luckily, the Polish cavalry comes to the relief just in time. Unable to wait passively, Hanka becomes a sister of mercy in one of the field hospitals near Vilnius, while Franek gains wide recognition after capturing a Russian spy. The significant documents found on the spy contributed to the capture of Vilnius. The bloody battles end with the Polish troops entering the town, and Hanka and Franek finally find each other again, although in quite surprising circumstances. The film ends with the documentary recording of the ceremony of incorporating Vilnius into the Polish borders, with the participation of Marshal Piłsudski, the highest commanders of the Polish army and some foreign guests.

Large fragments of the film have survived. Skilfully shot battle scenes are a positive aspect of the film as they give the viewers a chance to see the authentic weapons and equipment of the Polish army at that time.

CUD NAD WISŁĄ (The Miracle of the Vistula) 41 min.

Directed by: Ryszard Bolesławski;

Written by: Adam Zagórski;

Cinematography: Zbigniew Gniazdowski;

Cast: Honorata Leszczyńska, Anna Belina, Jadwiga Smosarska, Wincenty Rapacki (father), Edmund Gasiński, Władysław Grabowski, Stefan Jaracz, Jerzy Leszczyński, Leonard Bończa-Stępiński, Kazimierz Junosza-Stępowski, Zygmunt Chmielewski and others.

Production: Orient-Film, Poland 1921

Leksykon polskich filmów fabularnych (Polish Feature Film Lexicon), a publication prepared by the employees of Filmoteka Narodowa, reads: "Dramat patriotyczny, ilustrujący dzieje wojny polsko-bolszewickiej. Sprawnie zrealizowany przez twórcę o światowej sławie na zamówienie Wydziału Propagandy Ministerstwa Spraw Wojskowych. Ze względu na temat i doborową obsadę aktorską cieszył się bardzo dużym powodzeniem wśród polskich widzów" ("A patriotic drama, featuring the events of the Polish-Bolshevik war. Skilfully shot by an artist of world renown at the request of the Propaganda Department of the Ministry of Military Affairs. Due to the subject and select cast, the film was very popular among Polish viewers.").

The film's plot starts on the Christmas Eve in 1919 in the Eastern borderlands of the Republic of Poland, in the manor house of the Granowski family. The life of the family members is ruthlessly interrupted by the Polish-Soviet war. After many vicissitudes, a successful offensive of the Polish army brings back peace, and the main characters are finally able to start a new, happy life after a long separation.

The cast of the film includes some of the greatest stars of Polish cinema, such as Jadwiga Smosarska and Kazimierz Junosza-Stępowski. The film was directed by Ryszard Bolesławski, an artist with a rich theatrical experience who went to work in Hollywood in 1929, and was one of the few Polish directors who achieved international success. He made a dozen or so movies with such Hollywood stars as: Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and Gary Cooper.

This copy of the film is the only one that survived, and includes about a half of the original length of the film; however, the preserved fragment retains the continuity of the plot to a degree enough to understand the course of the action.

cud nad Wisłą


Horny Trees is a music group formed in 2007, including Hubert Zemler, Paweł Szamburski and Maciej Trifonidis Bielawski. They are three unusual artistic personalities who intend to create a distinctive language of music expression. As instrumentalists they have varied experience and roots - from a classical academic to a jazz education, with innate abilities and self-directed learning. In their music, Horny Trees focus on intuitive improvisation with many references to traditional music, chamber music and electroacoustic experimentation. The extensive experience of the members in many areas of contemporary art - film, theatre, silent screen, performance - enable them to undertake an extremely interesting journey deep into music awareness. Imagination, sensitivity to sound as well as combined pleasure and friendship allow the band to achieve an ecstatic level of music creation.

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