section Feature Film Competition

March '68

  • Krzysztof Lang
  • PL
  • 2022
  • 120 min

A Romeo and Juliet story set against the backdrop of student revolts and state anti-Semitism in socialist Poland in 1968. Does a young love have a chance amidst a smear campaign, citizen militia and secret service intrigue?

When Janek saves Hania from being run over by a car on the streets of Warsaw at night, it's love at first sight. This romance is ill-fated however. Hania's father, a doctor, has been fired on specious grounds. He is a Jew and thus falls victim to the anti-Semitic hate campaign that is waged against “Zionism” and “Israeli imperialism” in almost all Eastern Bloc countries in the course of the Six-Day War. Prime Minister Wladysław Gomułka goes further and accuses those Jews who have remained in the People's Republic of Poland of being, as agents of Israel and the West, behind the student protests that broke out after the cancellation of Adam Mickiewicz' theatre classic "Forefathers’ Eve" (“Dziady”) due to "anti-Soviet tendencies” in March 1968. Janek's father, as a high-ranking agent in the secret service, is heavily involved in repression and violence against the demonstrators... From the perspective of the young lovers, director Krzysztof Lang narrates how survivors of the Shoah and the ghetto are forced, together with their families, to emigrate from their Polish homeland. A film that portrays two young people's attitude towards life, one characterised by parties, jazz, romance and a spirit of optimism and yet finds itself destroyed by the arbitrariness of state power. Historical archive footage of Warsaw in 1968 complements this feature film, which uncompromisingly sheds light on a dark chapter from recent Polish history.
English: Peter Rickerby

Other performances:

  • 15.06.2023 Viadrina Frankfurt Oder at 18:30
  • 17.06.2023 Bürgerbildungszentrum Amadeu Antonio Eberswalde at 18:00

    On 13.6., 17:30 at Kino Toni and on 14.6., 17:00 at Filmkunst66 director Krzysztof Lang will be our guest for a Q&A after the screening.

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original title March '68

international title March '68

german title March '68

JFBB section Feature Film Competition

  • director Krzysztof Lang

country/countries PL

year 2022

duration 120 min

Portrait of Krzysztof Lang

Krzysztof Lang

BIO Krzysztof Lang is a Polish director, screenwriter and producer. He studied chemistry at the University of Warsaw (1968-1973). He graduated from Television and Radio Studies in 1981 and went on to join Zespół Filmowy “X” – a Polish production studio formed and led by acclaimed director Andrzej Wajda. Between 1982 and 1987 Lang was employed as a film director at The Warsaw Documentary Film Studio (WFD). He runs his own production company TFT. He has directed feature films, documentaries, TV series and television plays. His most notable works include the feature films Paper Marriage (1991), Prowokator (1995), Strefa ciszy (2000) and Lullaby Killer (2017), documentary films Proces (1990) and Warsaw Uprising 1944 (1994) and TV series such as Prawo miasta, Fala zbrodni and Magda M. As a theatre director he worked at the Contemporary Theatre in Warsaw and Moscow’s Luna Theatre, to name but a few. He has received many Polish and international awards, most notably the Golden Camera (Grand Prix Graz 1987) and Sesterce d’argent (Nyon 1992). He is a member of the Polish Filmmakers’ Association and The Polish Film Academy.