The action takes place between 1974 and 1986 in Poland and West Germany. It tells a real story of two young men. Marek – a Germanist, son of an ex-security force employee, begins working as teacher in Bydgoszcz. Jan – a laborer from Sopot is getting married.
Teacher’s position gives Marek no chance for a carrier. In Stalin’s era his father didn’t report his superior. In consequence, Marek is not trustworthy in the eyes of the authorities. Accidental meeting with his friend from East German college – Staszek – helps him realize, he’s been stuck in a rut. In addition, he gets fired.
Meanwhile Jan tries to tame him own traumatic past. During formalities connected with the wedding, he finds out he’s been adopted. He begins his private investigation. He learns he might have belonged to a German family.
Two years later Marek works as a village teacher. His degradation is awful. One day he’s visited by intelligence agents. It turns out that he’s been selected to work to the intelligence for some time now and Staszek started gathering information about him during their time studying together.
Meanwhile, Jan tries to lead a normal life. His daughter is born. He gets an apartment; he works illegally as a taxi driver. Nevertheless, weird things start to happen around him – he’s being denied a passport, he’s gets interrogated.
In an evangelical parish in Lebork (Lauenburg), Jan learns that his real name is Heinz Peter Arnold and he is a illegitimate child of a German woman, wife of an SS officer, who in 1945 had an affair with a soldier of the Red Army. During the displacement of Germans from Poland she was forced to leave her son behind.
Meanwhile, Marek begins his mission: so called “illegal”. Through a family in German Democratic Republic he comes into contact with the real mother of Jan – Hildegarda. A year later he goes to see her in Federal Republic of Germany. The woman believes he is her son. Deeply moved, she dies of a heart attack. Marek manages to set up in Bremen, mostly thanks to help of Hildegarda’s brother – an important SPD politician. He gets a job in the Bureau for Displaced Persons, receives a German citizenship and begins operating as a spy. At first, he scans through people coming from the East to the Federal Republic of Germany on basis of “family reunification”. In the 1980’s he also reports dissidents of “Solidarity”.
Jan keeps looking for truth. Through a tourist from Germany he comes into contact with the German Red Cross and stumbles upon trail of his mother. In consequence, Marek is exposed and arrested. Jan, on the other hand, dies in mysterious circumstances. His wife tries to find out the truth. The authorities evict her from their apartment, strip her of the pension after her late husband and eventually take her child away, and place her in a psychiatric hospital. Meanwhile, Marek, after the exchange of the spies on Glienicker Bridge, comes back to Poland greeted like a hero.
October 11, 2017
Graduate of Wajda School and Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia in Katowice in film directing. Part-taker of various workshops, including Passion to Market in NFTS Beaconsfield and La Fémis in Paris, Talent Lab in Reykjavík and Directing Actors in New York. Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Nipkow foundation. Author of films created within the Munk Studio debut programmes: PLAIN LANDSCAPE WITH A CRADLE and BEAT FREQUENCY. During his film studies he has made, among others, ERRATA, YOU KEEP AN EYE ON US and IT HAPPENS, which competed in many international film festivals where they have received a lot of recognition.
Graduate of Academy of Film and Television inWarsaw. Started as a creator of one of the first Polish scripted web series SOAPED. Worked as a script reviewer at Alvernia Studios. Author of several original pilot scripts which were bought by major Polish networks. The only screenwriter who has won two prestigious Polish writing competitions – Script Fiesta (for best pilot script HOUSING OF FEAR) and Script Pro 2017 (for best feature film script IN PERSON). Finalist of Hartley-Merrill 2008 competition with script JOIN US AFTER THE BREAK.
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