Truth Makes Free

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    Feature Film | 2019-2020 | History | Poland

    Project data

    Length of movie113 min

    Brief synopsis

    The 70s. A Security Service Major wishes to “buy” gullible priest Zieja and turn him into an agent who will discredit the opposition. The priest’s interrogations become a pretext for a journey through the history of Poland: from the Bolshevik war of 1920, through
    World War II, up to modern times. It turns out that the seemingly naive Father Zieja is actually a clever rebel. A lonely journey without a passport to Rome in the 1930s turned into thoughts of a European Union. Performing the Catholic funeral rites of a woman who committed suicide was an protest against the church’s rules. Proclaiming the slogan “never kill anyone, not even your enemies” during the World War II, was against patriotic mythologies and foretold future pacifist attitudes.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Lesław ŻurekKarol Wojtyla [L]
    Andrzej SewerynPriest Jan Zieja [L]
    Rainer EggerGeneral Ellert [SR]
    Arnold WeglorzSS-Mann [SR]


    ColoristEwa Chudzik
    Director of photographyWitold Płóciennik
    Steadicam operatorJarek Wierzbicki
    Costume designerZuzanna Glińska
    Costume designerElżbieta Radke
    DirectorRobert Gliński
    Co-directorMarek Brodzkiadditional direction - battle scenes
    EditorEwa Smal
    Hair/makeup designerEwa Drobiec
    Makeup artist / hair stylistGrzegorz Szczuka
    ComposerCezary Skubiszewski
    ProducerWłodzimierz Niderhaus
    Production designerWojciech Żogała
    Set decoratorAnna Bieniek
    ScreenwriterWojciech Lepianka
    Production sound mixerKrzysztof Jastrząb

    Production companies

    WFDiF - Documentary and Feature Film Studio [pl]

    Distributing companies

    Kino Świat [pl]Poland


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Witold Płóciennik2020Camerimage Festival [pl]Polish Films CompetitionWinner


    2020PolandCamerimage Festival [pl]Polish Feature Competition
    2020PolandPolish Film FestivalOfficial Selection


    TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
    RepeatPolandCanal+ [pl]Sunday, 04/04/2021, 10.15 PMCanal+ Premium


    Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 01/10/2020
    Theatre releasePolandFriday, 28/08/2020