GDYNIA: Konrad Łęcki’s war drama The Damn One will premiere in the main competition of the 42nd Gdynia Film Festival (18-23 September 2017). This film set in Poland in the second half of the 40’s is a debut feature.
In the management of the Public Security Office, a decision is made to liquidate the troops fighting in the woods by any means. The members of the armed underground independence formation fight against the Communist regime. Tortured by the Public Security Officers, the main protagonist, Lolo, is freed. During a country wedding, he meets Bronka. The two young people fall in love, while the terror in the village is growing. "We are presenting a story about dramatic times when the protagonists had to face very difficult choices. The view on these times has an impact on the conflicts we can observe in our contemporary society. I tried not to judge the decisions of my characters, but only to show the tragic nature of their faith and their total isolation and solitude", said director Konrad Łęcki.
The main characters are played by Wojciech Niemczyk, Marcin Kwaśny, Robert Wrzosek, Janusz Chabior, Hanna Świętnicka and Jarosław Witaszczyk.
The film was produced by Fundacja Między Słowami in coproduction with the National Audiovisual Institute. The budget has not been announced. The production was co-financed by PGNiG, Fundacja PGNiG, PGE, Fundacja PGE, Fundacja PZU, PWPW, Fundacja Reduta PWPW, Fundacja Samorządność i Demokracja, Bank Pocztowy, KRAM, Teatr Polski, Gmina Sitkówka-Nowiny and through crowdfunding. The film was shot on location in Kielce, Warsaw, Tokarnia, Św Katarzyna, Ameliówka, Ciekoty, Sielpia, Końskie and Turowa Wola from March 2014 to May 2016.