Filled with outrage at the perils of political fanaticism, the film draws clear parallels with the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Salvador Allende, while emphasising the peculiar uniqueness of this event in Polish history. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 1978 Berlin International Film Festival, Kawalerowicz’s film emerges as a penetrating and urgent recreation that echoes the urgency of Costa-Gavras.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Death of a President (Śmierć prezydenta)
Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s rigorous film depicts in minute, historically accurate detail the almost accidental election and nearly immediate assassination of Poland’s leftist first president, Gabriel Narutowicz.