Death as a Slice of Bread

Śmierć jako kromka chleba, 1994

Death as a Slice of Bread (1994)

Production

Director Kazimierz Kutz
Screenplay Kazimierz Kutz
Cinematography Wieslaw Zdrot
Music Wojciech Kilar
Art Direction Boleslaw Kamykowski

Cast

Engineer Matyka Janusz Gajos
Skarga Jerzy Trela
Priest Jerzy Radziwilowicz
Krasucki Mariusz Benoit
Head Engineer at the coal-mine Marian Dziedziel

Story

The violence and high drama of this film is taken directly from recent Polish history. On December 13, 1981 national security forces swoop down on unsuspecting workers of the Wujek mine and arrest a Solidarity leader. Pushed to the limits, the miners call a massive strike, which is specifically forbidden under the martial law. A battle between the heavily armed police and the outnumbered miners ensues, and nine miners are killed.