Polish Actors go International

Joanna Kulig

Joanna Kulig

International film producers are increasingly turning their gaze to Poland, whose actors are no longer playing only supporting roles, but have begun to star more frequently in foreign movies. Polish fingers have been well and firmly crossed for Joanna Kulig, who charmed audiences in Elles’ and The Woman in the Fifth’; for Daniel Olbrychski, who played alongside Angelina Jolie in Salt’; and for Agnieszka Grochowska in Ridley Scott’s Child 44′. More recently, Anne Fontaine’s ‘Les Innocentes’ stars Polish actresses Agata Kulesza and Agata Buzek, and ‘The Red Captain’ sees Poland’s Maciej Stuhr hit the silver screen in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The film is an adaptation of Dominik Dán’s novel of the same title and is set in the ’90s during the time of dissolution of Czechoslovakia. Richard Krauz (Maciej Stuhr), a young ambitious detective, begins an investigation into a mysterious homicide on a construction site. Step by step, Krauz starts putting together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that leads him to the former Czechoslovakian Security Services, the police and their links to several church dignitaries. ‘The Red Captain’ is a Slovakian, Czech and Polish co-production. The film hits Polish movie theatres this summer.


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