Andrzej Wajda's biopic of Solidarity legend Lech Walesa will have its world premiere at the 70th Venice Film Festival.
|Robert Wieckiewicz as Lech Wąlęsa|
The eagerly anticipated movie, which stars award-winning actor Robert Wieckiewicz (In Darkness) in the lead role, will be screened out of competition.
“The news that my latest film Walesa: Man of Hope will begin its screen life in Venice has given be great joy,” Wajda reflected, as cited by the Polish Press Agency (PAP), adding that the festival “has played such an important role in my life.”
The 87-year-old's 1958 classic Ashes and Diamonds, part of his trilogy about WWII Polish resistance fighters, was forbidden by Poland's communist authorities from being shown in festival competitions. However, the Venice festival organisers managed to organise a screening, a decision that provided a major boost to the director's international career.
The Venice Film Festival presented Wajda with a life-time achievement award in 1998.
Wajda recently decided to change the name of his current movie from Walesa to Walesa: Man of Hope. The title echoes his two feted films connected with the emergence of opposition to the communist regime, Man of Marble (1977) and Man of Iron (1981).
The 70th Venice Film Festival begins on 28 August,