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To Poles, Perestrojka did not mean instant easing of all shackles. Two brothers Jedrek, 15, and Grzes, 12, see their parents suffer in the aftermath of dictatorship and prepare their flight to Denmark. Director Maciej Dejzcer has a both sad and suspenseful story to tell of how the kids engineer their escape and of the way their hopes were thwarted once they reached their Promised Land.


Release: 1989 (Denmark)

Duration: 92 minutes

Genre: Fiction, Drama

Spoken language: Polish


Director: Maciej Dejczer

Screenplay: Maciej Dejczer and Cezary Harasimowicz

Cinematography: Krzysztof Ptak

Editor: Jaroslaw Wolejko

Sound Design: Piotr Domaradzki

Composer: Michal Lorenc

Producers: Andrzej Polec, Maciej Skalski, Sanne Arnt Torp, Marek Rudnicki, Grazyna Zbik, Jolanta Szwed, Gry Jensen and Ryszard Straszewski

Production Countries: Poland, Denmark and France

Production Company: Magic Hour Films (then Lise Lense-Møller Film), Zespol Filmowy 'Tor' and Trans Europe Film

Produced with support from: The Danish Film Institute


The film was nominated at the 1989 European Film Awards in the categories European Director of the Year, European Screenwriter of the Year, European Cinematographer of the Year, and European Composer of the Year. 


The fIlm won Angers European First Film Festival 1990 C.I.C.A.E. Award, European Film Awards' 1989 Young European Film of the Year Award, and at the 1990 Polish Film Festival for Best Cinematography and Best Debut Director.


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