PRODUCTION: Michał Rosa in Development with Piłsudski Biopic

Józef Piłsudski Józef Piłsudski photo: Muzeum Narodowe w Kielcach

WARSAW: Michał Rosa is developing the first feature film about the Polish political leader Józef Piłsudski. The film, starring Dawid Ogrodnik, is produced by Studio Filmowe KADR and will be released in 2019.

Józef Piłsudski (1867-1935) was Chief of State, "First Marshal of Poland" and leader de facto of the Second Polish Republic. He is viewed as a founding father of the Second Polish Republic in 1918.

The drama written by Michał Rosa follows the early years of Piłsudski's activity from 1900 to 1914.

“We'd like it to be a film about a lonely man, surrounded only by a small group of collaborators. This man keeps his inner fever and faith that the independent Polish state will be reborn", Filip Bajon, who is producing through Studio Filmowe KADR, said.

The budget is 3.5 m EUR / 14.9 m PLN, with 1.4 m EUR / 6 m PLN support from the Polish Film Institute (PISF). The grant was assigned as one of the first executive decisions from the new PISF Director Radosław Śmigulski.

The film will be shot in Łódź, where Piłsudski printed the Worker magazine, and also in Warsaw, Krakow and Zakopane. Sankt Petersburg and Vienna might also be in the cards, according to Bajon.

Michał Rosa was highly praised for his drama Scratch, produced by Filmcontract Ltd,.

Dawid Ogrodnik won of the Best Actor award at the 42nd Gdynia Film Festival for his role in Silent Night by Piotr Domalewski (Studio Munka).

Production Information:

Studio Filmowe KADR
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Director: Michał Rosa
Screenwriter:Michał Rosa
Cast: Dawid Ogrodnik