After a tragic death of her husband, Lucja Krol gives birth to her fourth son. Their neighbour Wiktor, a communist intellectual, befriends the poverty-stricken family but is soon arrested and sent to jail. During the war Lucja narrowly escapes a Nazi roundup at the black market. Her sons hold ardent Communist meetings in their apartment.
After the film was shelved for years, it screened at the 1987 Berlin International Film Festival earning director Janusz Zaorski the Silver Berlin Bear.
Presented by PolArt 2015 & ACMI
The Mother of the Kings (Matka Królów)
The fate of a simple woman, raising her sons on her own, is depicted against the background of modern Polish history, highlighting three different eras between 1933 and 1956.