MUNDIAL. THE HIGHEST STAKES

POLISH TITLE: MUNDIAL. GRA O WSZYSTKO

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The “España '82” World Cup was the last big success of the Polish national football team. Viewers all over the country, glued to their TV sets, marvelled at the goals scored by Boniek and Smolarek, the extraordinary agility of Lato, Kupcewicz and Buncol, the spectacular goalkeeper parades of Młynarczyk. For a brief moment, Poland forgot the bleak reality of Martial Law: censorship, troops on the streets, prisons overflowing with members of the political opposition. The national team's performance was so successful that it was nicknamed “the best TV series of Martial Law Poland”.

“Mundial. The highest stakes.” tells the fascinating, untold story of sport and politics in the aberrant period of Martial Law. The World Cup was watched with equal devotion by interned activists of the delegalised “Solidarity” and censors, who's job was to diligently cut any signs of Polish political opposition from the live TV broadcast (mostly banners with the word “Solidarity” displayed in the bleachers of the stadium). The film shows us also the perspective of the football players, who, apart from having to deal with the pressure of playing in the World Cup, had to live up to the expectations of their fans and skilfully manage the political regime themselves. 

The documentary Mndial. The highest stakes.” is a combination of unique archive materials from *Polish Television, Polish Film Chronicles, *materials from *FIFA, *3D-animated photos from the Białołęka internment camp, drawings and interviews with the football players sports commentators and the interned members of political opposition.

GENRE:
documentary
COUNTRY:
Poland
RUNNING TIME:
96'
YEAR:
DIRECTING:
Michał Bielawski
SCRIPT:
Michał Bielawski
DOP:
Petro Aleksowski, Tomasz Suski
EDITOR:
Grzegorz Mazur
MUSIC:
Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
PRODUCTION:
Unlimited Film Operations

Michał Bielawski »

Graduate of the Humanities Dept. at the University of Warsaw. Since 2005 he collaborates with the TVP Kultura channel, for several years co-worked with Planete Doc Review film festival in Warsaw. Author of many television reportages and television interviews. In 2011, his television program “One Scene” – interviews with accomplished Polish filmmakers, was nominated for the Polish Film Institute Prize and the Grand Press Prize. His areas of interest include forgotten episodes of the “great” history and rediscovering their sense and meaning. He has been working on a historical novel “The Real End of War” which links the post-war Poland and martial law Poland. Documentary “Mundial. The Highest Stakes” is his directorial debut.