Conventer, The

THE CONVERTED

A political comedy by one of Polish cinema’s classic directors. The Converted is set in an industrial mining town in 1981. Tomazs is a young man without political conscience. He lives with his wife and his day-to-day life following a set routine. His existence becomes threatened when, as a party member, he is dispatched by his superiors to a Solidarity demonstration to inform on the participants. Carried away by the patriotic fervor of the meeting, Tomazs starts singing banned songs along with the crowd. Arrested by the militia- in a hilarious and lengthy chase scene, reminiscent of silent comedies- he is taken away, ridiculed and forced to identify other people on the demonstration. Realizing that he had been sold a lie, Tomazs joins the demonstrators in a local church and exacts revenge on one of the militiamen. With a superb performance by Zbigniew Zamachowski, who started in Kieslowski’s Three Colours:White, The Converted is not only an absorbing and refreshing new take on the state of Poland and its recent troubled past, but also an amusing political satire.

Poland
79'
19941994

Director
Kazimierz Kutz

Script
Kazimierz Kutz

Cinematography
Wieslaw Zdort

Editing
Zygmunt Duf

Production
Ilkam Ltd. Telewizja Polska S.A. Woronieza 17

Cast
Anna Waszcyk
Marek Kondrat
Zbigniew Zamachowski
Zofia Rysiowna

Music
Jan Karty Pawlufkiewicz

Awards
1994 Berlin
1994 Poland Film Festival
1995 Holland Film Festival
Best Actor
Best Music
Golden Calf
Golden Lion
Prix Europa Festival
Special Prize

Festivals
1st Festival on Wheels
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