Death of a President

Śmierć prezydenta, 1978, 144 min.

Death of a President (1978)

Awards

1978
Silver Berlin Bear for Outstanding Single Achievement for Jerzy Kawalerowicz
at the Berlin IFF 1978

1977
Polish Film Festival Gdansk:
Special Jury Prize for Jerzy Kawalerowicz,
Best Sound for Jerzy Blaszynski

1st Prize at the Cadiz IFF

Press Award at the Gandave IFF

Critics Award at the Cordoba IFF

Production

Director Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Screenplay Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Boleslaw Michalek
Cinematography Witold Sobocinski, Jerzy Lukaszewski
Music Adam Walacinski
Art Direction Wojciech Krysztofiak,
Adam T. Nowakowski

Cast

Gabriel Narutowicz Zdzislaw Mrozewski
Eligiusz Niewiadomski Marek Walczewski
Priest Nowakowski Henryk Bista
Prime Minister Julian Nowak Czeslaw Byszweski
Jozef Pilsudski Jerzy Duszynski
General Jozef Haller Edward Fetting

Story

Set at the historic moment of Poland’s rebirth after World War I. The newly organized National Assembly elected Gabriel Narutowicz, a professor returning home from Switzerland to enter public life, as the first President in the history of the Polish Republic. The film shows the turmoil leading to Narutowicz’s election by the National Assembly divided between Polish Nationalists and the minorities, comprising one third of the population. A few days after the election, the President was assassinated by a fanatic Nationalist while opening an art exhibit.