MAREK EDELMAN ...AND THERE WAS LOVE IN THE GHETTO
POLISH TITLE: MAREK EDELMAN ...I BYŁA MIŁOŚĆ W GETCIE
Imagine that the city where you were born is suddenly divided in two, with a better half and a worse half. And you’re enclosed in the latter. By a wall 3 meters high, with broken glass and rolls of barbed wire on top. If you cross it, they’ll kill you. If you stay, you’ll slowly die of starvation anyway. That is precisely what happened in Eastern Europe, in Poland, in the capital city Warsaw, in the 1940s.“Why does nobody ask me if there was love in the ghetto? Why is nobody interested?” – so asked Marek Edelman, resistance fighter and the last leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, shortly before his death in 2009. In this film, he answers that very question: Good and beauty did exist in the hell of the ghetto. And there was love, too. That was the greatest value, even greater than life itself. Strong, unconditional love, where you are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, and give yourself completely to another person. Body and soul. An old woman had a dream before she died in which her father came to her and beat her for not being able to love. May we not dream such dreams. Tell your elderly father how much you love him. Hold tightly in your arms the not-so-young woman lying next to you, all night. Stroke the hair of the girl who is waiting for you. For a man who experienced hell wants to tell you – only love can save us.
- Poland, Germany
- RUNNING TIME:
- colour / black and white
- Jolanta Dylewska, Andrzej Wajda (współpraca reżyserska)
- Jolanta Dylewska, Agnieszka Holland (współpraca scenariuszowa)
- Jakub Kijowski, Jolanta Dylewska
- Izabela Pająk
- Raphael Rogiński
- Marcin Lenarczyk
- Otter Films, Pallas Film
- Mazowiecki i Warszawski Fundusz Filmowy
Graduate of Film School in Łódź (directing and cinematography faculties). Cinematographer of many feature films. Director and screenwriter of documentary films. She lectures at the Film School in Łódź and the Filmakademie Baden- Wuerttemberg. Member of PSC (Polish Society of Cinamatographers), PAF (Polish Film Academy), EFA (European Film Academy) and AFA (Asian Film Academy).