Rights:Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych - WFDiF (Documentary and Feature Film Studios)
Distribution: Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych - WFDiF (Documentary and Feature Film Studios)
1975 – Polish Film Festival in Gdańsk (currently Gdynia Film Festival) – Best Actor Award (Jerzy Bińczycki)
1975 – Polish Film Festival in Gdańsk (currently Gdynia Film Festival) – Best Actress Award (Jadwiga Barańska)
1975 – Polish Film Festival in Gdańsk (currently Gdynia Film Festival) – Golden Lions Award (Jerzy Antczak)
1976 – Berlin International Film Festival – Silver Berlin Bear – Best Actress Award (Jawiga Barańska)
1977 – Oscar Academy Awards – Nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category
Early days of the First World War. Barbara Niechcic leaves the burning
city surrounded by crowds of refugees mad with fear and despair, trying
to save what is left of their possessions. Barbara travels on the horse-
drawn cart of Shimshel the Jew. Her voyage takes her to her daughter’s
manor but also back in time. The voyage in time is a summary of her life,
spent with a man she married but did not love. Her memories rush back
– her great love for a handsome young gentleman who married another,
the first encounter with her future husband and 40 years of a common,
toilsome life, marked with births and deaths – presented against the
changing background of the life of Polish landed gentry at the turn of
the 20th century.
A lavish adaptation of the eponymous novel by Maria Dąbrowska. Great
acting – the best parts in the respective careers of Jadwiga Barańska and
Jerzy Bińczycki – and beautiful, moving score by Waldemar Kazanecki.
Justly deserved awards – the Golden Lions of Gdańsk and a nomination
to the Academy Awards. One of the most often viewed Polish movies.