Katyn at SIFF Cinema
Running May 15-20, leading up to the 35th Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema will be screening the Academy Award® nominated film Katyn.

Katyn-Two couples-one from the city, the other from the countryside-are bound In a forest named Katyn, near Smolensk in the Soviet Union, more than 4,000 Polish prisoners of war were methodically killed during World War II with a bullet to the back of the neck. The mass graves were discovered in 1943, but no one believed at the time that they held so many dead. For 50 years the executions were hushed up or blamed on Germany. In turn, Germany blamed the Soviets, however, the question of responsibility remained unresolved, even in the West.
This film follows four Polish families on the home front as some beg their loved ones to flee with them before the invasion. Others wait in vain for news from the front. All are trapped in a web of lies, denial, and murder. Finally, in 1990, Russia formally expressed “profound regret” and admitted that the Soviet secret police carried out the order to rid Poland of any high-level military personnel who might oppose the Communization of the country.

“I see my film as a story of a family separated forever,” said director Andrzej Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Marble), whose father was probably one of the victims. This film is a struggle for memory and truth as it helps close a grisly page in Polish and Russian history.

In Polish, Russian, and German with English subtitles.
Academy Award Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, 2008
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Year: 2007
Running time: 118 Minutes


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