Wartime Portraits Comes to Netflix in over 200 Countries
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Wartime Portraits will soon be available on Netflix in over 200 countries, in addition to Poland where it already premiered. Each of its five animated episodes is dedicated to a Polish soldier who led a heroic battle against the Nazi forces of the Third Reich, namely Jan Zumbach, Bronisław Hellwig, Zdzisław Pacak-Kuźmirski, Józef Beck and Jan Gruziński.
The documentary series was created by three young Polish directors – Tomasz Matuszczak, Rafał Skalski and Cezary Ibera. Their goal was to present war stories from an accessible and humanised perspective. When Rafal Skalski describes Zdzisław Pacak-Kuźmirskim’s daring escape from the German POW camp Oflag II C Woldenberg, he emphasises his bravery, but also his orneriness. Similarly, when Cezary Ibera retells the story of Jan Zumbach – commander of the legendary 303 Squadron – he does not gloss over his womanising and thrill-seeking tendencies.
Wartime Portraits combines different storytelling styles: WWII archives are linked with interviews with historians and military experts, and the action scenes are recreated in Marvel-like animations. Its producers are planning to release five additional episodes devoted to WWII heroines Helena Marusarzówna, Irena Iłłakowiczowa, Wanda Gertz, Władysława Macieszyna and Halina Szwarc.
In 2015, Wartime Portraits was awarded the Silver Medal in the 58th edition of New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films in the History and Society category.
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Sources: Spór w kinie, Culture.pl, edited by BS, 30 September, translated by az, 10 October 2016