Valley of the Issa

Dolina Issy, 1982, 102 min.

Valley of the Issa (1982)

Production

Director Tadeusz Konwicki
Screenplay Tadeusz Konwicki, Czeslaw Milosz
Cinematography Jerzy Lukaszewicz
Music Zygmunt Konieczny
Art Direction Andrzej Boreski
Producer(s) Ryszard Chutkowksi

Cast

Magdalena Anna Dymna
Barbara Maria Pakulis
Grandmother Misia Danuta Szaflarska
Helena Ewa Wisniewska
Grandfather Surkont Edward Dziewonski
Baltazar Krzysztof Gosztyla

Story

The film evokes a childhood in rural Lithuania between the wars. A country boy, Tomaszek, lives on a rich estate, situated on the Polish border. He realizes that the Issa Valley he lives in is to be torn apart by internal political conflicts and unrests among the mixed population of Poles, Lithuanians, Jews and Russians. He, however, is captivated by a paradise surrounding him, the forest, and his fantasies.