"Polska Norwida": premiere of the film by the Polish History Museum

The year 2021 was announced by the Sejm of the Republic of Poland as the Year of Cyprian Kamil Norwid. The year 2022 is, in turn, the Year of Polish Romanticism. Both of these facts became a pretext to find mainly Polish and Parisian ‘places of Norwid’ and an attempt to answer the question: what was ‘Norwid’s Poland’ like, what was its place in his work?

The documentary film “Polska Norwida”, created by the Polish History Museum, presents the most important facts from the life of the great artist. Where was the future poet born, and where did he spend his childhood after the early death of his mother? What places did Norwid visit in Warsaw during his studies and with whom was he friends? Finally, what places did he visit in the French capital, who was he friends with, what were the last years of the poet’s life like?

The authors of the documentary “Polska Norwida” sought answers to these and other questions. The places of particular importance in the artist’s life are presented by: prof. Wiesław Rzońca in Warsaw, actor Radosław Krzyżowski in Kraków and prof. Michał Masłowski in Paris.

The film makes viewers aware of the phenomenon of Norwid, who was, after all, the poet of the “Columbus Generation”, and then of the Cursed Soldiers, as well as the influence of Norwid’s work on the young Karol Wojtyła, since he was already Pope John Paul II, he repeatedly referred to the words of the poet. The film uses the music of Czesław Niemen and Przemysław Gintrowski.

The producer of the film is the Polish History Museum.

Director: Jarosław Mańka

Screenplay: Marek Stremecki

Pictures: Dominik Piątek, Grzegorz Liwiński, Rafał Pogoda, Jarosław Mańka

Editing: Łukasz Szymański

Music: “Chodź, stań” mus. Bolesław Rawski, voc. Daniel Malchar, Kevin McLeod “Chopin: Funeral March” Artlist.io

Graphics: Łukasz Szymański, Anna Pregler

Drawings: Jacek Widor

Drone photography: Dominik Piątek, Izabela Głogowska, Rafał Weather

Translation: Tadeusz Adam Milewski, Beata Lenda

Cooperation: Anna Jaskuła, Beata Lenda, Andrzej Sułkowski