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The immensity of (in)justice


Indisputably one of the best films of 2006, Immensity of Justice [+see also:
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by Wiesław Saniewski (The Rain Soldier,1996) opens on Polish screens today.

Perhaps it was the seriousness of a crime committed in the 1990s, on which the film is based, that brought Saniewski back on set after a 10-year break from directing: a television director was unjustly sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of his lover, a young Wrocław journalist.

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The affair sparked major controversy in Poland, as the investigation discovered no proof against the accused. Eleven years later the director was granted pardon by Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski. The real killer was never found.

In his film, Saniewski shows what went on behind the scenes, focusing on a young man who, after completing his law studies, decides not to practice. However, under the influence of a brilliant lawyer, he comes to a turning point in his life.

Immensity of Justice – a big “loser" at the recent Gdynia Polish Film Festival – is, however, a well-directed film and has been acclaimed by critics. Its strong point has to be its star-studded cast: Jan Frycz, Artur Żmijewski, Jan Englert, Danuta Stenka, Bożena Stachura, Artur Barciś and Robert Gonera.

The film was produced by Saco Films Ltd. (Saniewski’s company), Telewizja Polska and Grupa Atlas, with backing from the Polish Film Institute (PISF).

Kino Świat is handling distribution.

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(Translated from French)

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