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Interrogation
Original title:
Przesluchanie
Slovenian title:
Zaslišanje
Section:
RETRO: FORBIDDEN WOMEN
Country, year:
Poland, 1982
Length:
118
Directed by:
Ryszard Bugajski
Screenplay:
Ryszard Bugajski, Janusz Dymek
Cinematography:
Jacek Petrycki
Music:
Danuta Zankowska
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Polish
Voting code:
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Cast:
Krystyna Janda (Tonia Dziwisz), Adam Ferency (Tadeusz Morawski), Janusz Gajos (major Zawada »Kąpielowy«), Agnieszka Holland (komunistka/communist Witkowska), Anna Romantowska (Mira Szejnert), Bożena Dykiel (Honorata), Olgierd Łukaszewicz (Konstanty Dziwisz)
Awards:
Cannes 1990 (Best Actress), Chicago 1990 (Best Director)

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Description:
Despite the film's controversial initial reception and subsequent banning, Interrogation - a brutally explicit rendering of the mechanisms of communist violence - garnered a cult fanbase through the circulation of illegally taped VHS copies.

Stalinist Poland in the early 1950s. Tonia Dziwisz, a third-rate cabaret singer, tours the country to perform for rather undiscerning audiences. One day, after a quarrel with her husband, two men make her drunk and take her, intoxicated, to what turns out to be a prison. Slowly, it dawns on her that what the interrogators want is for her testimony to incriminate her former lover as a traitor and spy. Refusing to sign the interrogation report, Tonia is threatened, tortured and humiliated, all of which pushes her to the brink of madness…

"After Interrogation I got a letter from a woman prisoner from the Stalinist era, who thought I had offended all the prisoners of communism by showing secret police agents as people with human reactions. /.../ Meanwhile the world is not black and white. In addition to telling an interesting story you have to show evil in a humanized way." (Ryszard Bugajski)