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Katyn
 
 
Directed by Andrzej Wajda, Poland 2007
115 mins. Polish and Russian dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 
In the spring of 1940, following the invasion of Poland by Russia's Red Army in 1939, up to 20,000 Polish officers and soldiers were executed by Stalin's secret police.  The men were imprisoned in three POW camps, one of which was based in the Katyn forest.  Working from a novel by Andrzej Mularczyk and real life accounts, Katyn tells the story of four fictional families, forever separated from one another.  A brutal and devastating work, it also received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Wajda's intensity and passion, as well as his intelligence and craft, are unmistakable from the very first sequence. Virtually from the first shot."  (Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle)

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