PRODUCTION: Black Thursday goes into postproduction

By Katarzyna Grynienko

    Black Thursday, a historical drama about the tragic Polish workers riots of December 1970, directed by Antoni Krauze, completed filming in early April and is now in post-production.

    {mosimage}The story is based on the riots by shipyard workers that erupted Polish port cities and the real life story of Brunon Drywa, a shipyard worker who died tragically during the riots from a gunshot in his back.

    Filming took place between February 16 and March 31. 2010, at historically authentic locations in Gdynia, Gdańsk and Warsaw. Interiors were filmed in a specially adapted harbor yard in Gdynia.

    The leading role of Brunon Drywa is played by Michał Kowalski accompanied by an all-star Polish cast including Marta Honzatko, Marta Kalmus, Krystyna Janda, Wojciech Pszoniak and Piotr Fronczewski .

    The executive producer of the film is NORDFILM (www.nordfilm.pl), a Polish company based in Gdynia in co-production with Agencja-Set,National Culture Center ( Narodowe Centrum Kultury, www.nck.pl) and BOB-ROLLO Sp. z o.o.

    "The total budget of Black Thursday is 7.2 million PLN( EUR 1.8 million)", the producer Kazimierz Beer from NORDFILM told FNE. Black Thursday is currently one of the most awaited history dramas, due to its subject, a significant topic still not fully presented in the Polish cinema. The film recieved 4 million zlotys in production funding, one of the biggest grants during the last session of the Polish Film Insitute (ww.pisf.pl). The movie is also co-financed by the Gdynia Film Fund (www.centrumkulturygdynia.org) with 307,000 PLN.

    {mosimage}"The picture will open in cinemas on November 11, 2011, with a gala premiere taking place earlier, at the begining of November. After the premiere the movie will be screened at both Polish and international film festivals." Kazimierz Beer told FNE. The Polish distrubutor of the the film is Kino Świat (www.kinoswiat.pl).

    Director: Antoni Krauze

    Scriptwriters: Michał Pruski, Mirosław Piepka

    Cinematographer: Jacek Petrycki Set Design: Zbigniew Dalecki, Paweł Jarzębski

    Music: Michał Lorenc

    Producers: Kazimiersz Beer, Mirosław Piepka

    Executive production company: Nordfilm (Gdynia)

    Production information:
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    81-561 Gdynia, Poland
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