Tomasz Wolski | Poland 2021 | 70 Min. | OmeU

16.05. | 9pm
Votiv Kino, Gr. Saal | TICKETS

Austrian Premiere

© Tomasz Wolski

When at the end of 1970 a workers’ uprising accompanied by strikes and mass rallies breaks out in several cities of communist Poland, the government convenes a crisis committee to regain control of the situation. Previously unpublished telephone recordings reveal how the uprising developed from the point of view of the military and those in power, and how it finally came to the fatal firing order on its own population.

The haunting and compellingly narrated testimony 1970 illuminates the view of the rulers rather than the demonstrators. A film that unfolds through audio documents and the interweaving of archival footage and animated puppet film.

Director: Tomasz Wolski
Screenplay: Tomasz Wolski
Production: Kijora Film: Anna Gawlita
Co-production: Polish Television, Institute of National Remembrance
Sounddesign: Marcin Lenarczyk
Editing: Tomasz Wolski
Animation: Robert Sowa
Composing: Bartlomiej Tycinski, DJ Lenar


presented by

Visions du Réel, Switzerland (2021) – Won: Special Jury Award
Kraków Film Festival, Poland (2021) – Won: Silver Hobby Horse for Best National Documentary
Batumi International Art House Film Festival, Georgia (2021) – Won: Best Documentary
Tirana International Film Festival, Albania (2021) – Feature Documentary Competition
Bogotá International Film Festival, Colombia (2021) – Official Selection
Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Canada (2021) – Panorama
Viennale, Austria (2021) – Official Selection
West Lake International Documentary Festival, China (2021) – IDF Competition
Ji.Hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic (2021) – Testimonies
Leeds International Film Festival, United Kingdom (2021) – Documentary Competition
Scanorama European Film Forum, Lithuania (2021) – Official Selection
Seville European Film Festival, Spain (2021) – New Waves Non-Fiction Competition
Escales Documentaires – International Festival of Creative Documentary, France (2021) –  Feature Competition: Special Mention
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2021) – Best of Fests: Nomination Beeld en Geluid IDFA ReFrame Award for Best Creative Use of Archive

Tomasz Wolski: Member of Guild of Polish Documentary Directors, Polish Film Academy and European Film Academy. Director of short film “Daughter” (Grand Prix at Angers Premiers Plan) and director, editor, cinematographer of 13 documentaries awarded at many international festivals like Visions du Réel, Los Angeles Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Punto de Vista, Camerimage and Krakow Film Festival.

1970 (Documentary) – 2021
An Ordinary Country (Documentary) – 2021
A Problem (Short) – 2020
Festiwal (Documentary, co-director)  – 2017
Córka (Short)  – 2015
Nie dla kazdego (Documentary short)  – 2013
Palac (Documentary) – 2012
Lekarze (Documentary) – 2011
Pomalu (Documentary short) – 2010
Szczesciarze (Documentary short) – 2009
Zlota rybka (Documentary) – 2008
Klinika (Documentary short) – 2006
If I Were a Fish (Documentary short) – 2005