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Directors Explanation

 

The history of the seven day battle in order to protect a small piece of Polish land surrounded by German Hitler soldiers is known by almost every Pole. For seven days and six nights the garrisons leader Major Henry Sucharski led his heroic subordinates to a battle which was seemed destined to end tragically. This is only part of the truth. Years of socialism connected with lies in the ethical and emotional area successfully eliminated the history's truth. Today, thanks to thorough research we know that the incidents which occurred in Westerplatte had more of a human nature. On the other hand, this wasn’t difficult to imagine earlier. We know that Major Sucharski, maybe as a result of stress and pledged secrecy and certainly because of his illness which unexpectedly was attacking him - caused him not to make it and as some say - made him breakdown first. Captain Franciszek Dąbrowski aka Kuba, who was in charge of the sentry squad, took over command. Sucharski already wanted to surrender September 2nd, but thanks to Dąbrowski's determination the post was given up after 7 days of defending themselves. Was it worthwhile? They both had their point; they both in a way had good intentions. In my movie I am not going to judge them. I will leave that to the viewers. I will try to achieve this by following real facts. Everyone has the right to their own opinion.

I hope that after the premier of Secrets of Westerplatte a discussion about who was right, will arise. Patriots who were ready to risk their lives, and not be afraid of anything in order to achieve their goal or humbleness, step by step trying to build something and protect what is most precious, human life? Is the second attitude cowardliness? The heart or rational thinking, romanticism or Positivism?

In my film I don’t want to judge anyone, in my opinion they both were great heroes and patriots. This battle of good over evil, depending upon whose side you stand, is excellent material for a film which is open to creativity. In the middle ground we will portray selected soldiers in battles. I want to show their human side, because doubt was nothing new to them. Introducing elements of action, reality, very complex pyrotechnics and often effective handling of firearm by the characters is intended to make the film more attractive, especially for teenage viewers. As a result it should be
viewed as very modern, incorporating all the best trends in worldwide movie making. In the script I faithfully brought to life incidents, which were so e motional that they didn’t need exaggeration.

How does a person feel when he has to kill one of his own? To what boundary can someone who is blind to facts push themselves? Someone who has been forced into believing in a certain ideology. We have an analogy to modern day terrorists who blow themselves and others up in the name of a belief. Secrets of Westerplatte presents many questions, which with its historical coating also makes it an educational film.

The whole film will be made using modern methods. This film is pointed towards not only people who went through a lot in life and have a set opinion, but most of all young people who are looking for entertainment presented in a modern way (dynamic camera and editing). I will apply great accuracy to its form. A fast paced history full of action, presented visually keeping the form of a documentary. Subjective filming (youngsters love computer games) will allow the viewer to accurately identify with the characters. In this film, I want to connect educational elements with entertainment. Of course, this is not a documentary, thus I precisely follow the script in order to create something which will comply with all standard s of art.

Polish cinematography needs a film like this, which will in an entertaining way present a piece of history. This film will also definitely find an audience outside of Poland. Defending Westerplatte was part of the beginning of World War II. This is where all hell broke loose and caused a lot of suffering. Questions presented in this film are also important today, especially in modern day Poland, which is just learning about positive behavior. A country where too often people look upon their tired out , past heroes as something extremely exciting.

Patriotism is something very important; however during times when the world is changing, maybe it would be suitable to redefine this term for the sake of having a more friendly future.

Paweł Chochlew