Hero of the Year

Bohater roku, 1986, 115 min.

Hero of the Year (1986)

Awards

1987
International Film Festival Moscow – Special Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Award

1986
Polish Film Festival Gdansk’ 86 – Silver Lion for director Feliks Falk

Production

Director Feliks Falk
Screenplay Feliks Falk
Cinematography Witold Adamek
Music Jan Kanty Pawluskiewicz
Art Direction Halina Dabrowska

Cast

Danielak Jerzy Stuhr
Tutaj Mieczyslaw Franaszek
Majka Katarzyna Kozak-Paszkowska
Tadeusz Piotr Machalica
Editor-in-chief Marian Opania
Chodkiewicz Boguslaw Sobczuk
Danieluk’s Wife Miroslawa Marcheluk
Romek Michal Tarkowski

Story

Follow up of the “Top Dog” (Wodzirej). Jerzy Stuhr reappears as Ludwik Danielak, smooth-talking hustler with a spreading waistline. He got sacked from his tv job in 1981 and now he is ready for comeback. His idea is the program called “Hero of the Year“. His first star is to be Zbigniew Tataj (Mieczyslaw Franaszek), a quiet storekeeper, who saved an apartment building by alerting people about the gas leak. Danielak takes Tataj on a nationwide tour. It becomes clear, however, that he will not be allowed to speak frankly to the people but rather to read a prepared statement instead. Finally, at a hyped-up concert he walks off the stage, leaving Danielak in total surprise.