The film is inspired by true events which took place at the turn of 1943/1944 in the town of Legionowo, near Warsaw.
Nazi German officers: Spiller (Marek Włodarczyk), Rode (Łukasz Matecki) and Klingemann (Jarosław Domin) decide to seize a house where the Pelka family of four live. The four members of the family are Otylia (Dorota Kuduk), Czesław (Jakub Kotyński) and two little daughters called Terenia (Zuzanna Nowocień) and Jania (Martyna Fabijańska).
From that moment on the life of the Pelka family starts hanging by a thread.
Dorota Kuduk graduated from the Acting Faculty at the Leon Shiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. She has been working with the Theatre Scena STU in Kraków for 5 years, where she debuted as Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Krzysztof Jasiński. Her other theatrical appearances include Maryna/Panna Młoda in S. Wyspianski’s The Wedding (Wyzwolenie, Akeopolis), Klara in A. Fredro’s The Revenge, Dasha in F. Dostoyevsky’s Demons, or Siostra Anna in S. I. Witkiewicz’s The Madman and The Nun. Her big screen debut was the role of Kaśka Skiba in the Oscar winning Ida, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. Dorota has recently played Hanka in the movie Klezmer, directed by Piotr Chrzan and shown at the Venice Film Festival. Her other roles include Inka in the film I była miłość w getcie, directed by Jolanta Dylewska and Andrzej Wajda (according to screenplay by Jolanta Dylewska and Agnieszka Holland) as well as Wanda in the French-Belgian-Polish production called Innocent, directed by Anne Fontaine (in production).
Jakub Kotyński graduated from the Ludwik Solski Academy for Dramatic Arts in Kraków and French National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Paris as a scholar of the French government. Jakub debuted at the stage of the Stary Theatre in Kraków with a role of Łabądek in the play Komponenty, directed by Michał Borczuch. He has performed in the Stray Theatre, Stu Theatre, Łaźnia Nowa Theatre in Kraków, Powszechny Theatre in Łódź, Polski Theatre in Wrocław, Helena Modrzejewska Theatre in Legnica, Studio Theatre, IMKA Theatre and Theatre Institute in Warsaw. The role of Mag Wajper in the play Supernova. Rekonstrukcja, directed by Marcin Wierzchowski won him the Best Actor Award at the Festival of New Dramaturgies in Bydgoszcz in 2009. In 2004, Jakub received a distinction for the role of Carmen in the play Nierządy, directed by Agata Duda-Gracz at the Acting Art Festival in Kalisz. He was a scholar of the Director of the French Institute in Kraków, Friends of Kraków Society in Chicago, SAPERE AUSO Małopole Scholarship Foundation. He performed in the films Wenecja, directed by Jana Jakub Kolski, Serce na dłoni, directed by Krzysztof Zanussi, Sztuczki, directed by Andrzej Jakimowski, Sierpniowe niebo, directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski and Marie Curie, directed by Marie Noel.
Łukasz Matecki graduated from Ludwik Solski Academy for Dramatic Arts in Kraków (affiliate in Wrocław). He works for the Scena Współczesna Theatre and Kamienica Theatre in Warsaw. His big screen debut was the role of Mały in the 1999 film Torowisko, directed by Urszula Urbaniak. He has appeared in a number of TV series such as Ojciec Mateusz (as Prof. Andrzej Szczawnicki), Komisarz Alex (as Jakub Kwieciński) and Na dobre i na złe (as Wojciech Sarnecki). In 2015, he performed in a three-episode AXN channel series entitled Zbrodnia II, directed by Sławomir Fabicki, where he acted the character of Robert Olszecki. Recently, he has also appeared in the TV serial Na Wspólnej, where he plays the character of attorney Piotr Kornacki.
Marek Włodarczyk graduated from the Acting Faculty of the Leon Shiller School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. Initially, he acted in the theatres of Katowicach and Łódź. In 1981, he left for Germany, where he was kept by the Martial Law introduced in Poland. During the 23 years spent in Germany, he appeared in over 100 films. He acted in German theatres and lectured at theatre schools in Berlin and Salzburg. He returned to Poland in 2004 to play the role of inspector Adam Zawada in the TV series Kryminalni. The success of that production made him resettle in Poland. We have recently seen Marek in such productions as Ostatni klaps or Komisarz Blond i oko sprawiedliwości.
Jarosław Domin graduated from the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw (1978-82). He was taught by such legendary actors as Tadeusz Łomnicki, Gustaw Holoubek, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Ryszarda Hanin and Aleksandra Śląska. He debuted at the Komedia Theatre with Olga Lipińska-directed plays of Dożywocie, Happy End or Kabaretowa mysz. He has also performed in Warsaw theatres: Na Woli, Rozmaitości, Polonia, Bajka, Kamienica, Stara Prochownia. At present, Jarosław is acting in the play Goło I wesoło at the Capitol Theatre, in the Staromiejski Theatre (Dzieła wszystkie Szekspira w nieco skróconej wersji and Historia świata). He has appeared in over 20 films and serials e.g. Lato leśnych ludzi, Dzień czwarty, Godzina W, Rzeka kłamstwa, Pitbul, Tango z Aniołem, Linia życia. He has also voiced cartoon characters for over 30 years, including Inspector Gadget, Obi Wan Kenobi (Star Wars), Pinokio (Shrek), Hammy the Flying Squirrel (Over the Hedge), Edd (Ed, Edd n Eddy), Smurf Vanity Smurf, Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) or Lulu (The Penguins of Madagascar).
In 2014, Piotr P. Gołębiowski participated in Development Lab (feature film programme, film directing course) at Wajda School (formerly the Master School of Film Directing by Andrzej Wajda). Mother is his debut film. He is currently working (development stage) on his full length feature thriller Advocate. Piotr is a lawyer and member of the Warsaw Bar Association. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration and Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences at Warsaw University. He also studied at the Center for American Law Studies by the University of Florida Levin College of Law and completed a postgraduate course in capital markets at Warsaw University.
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