Movie of the Month


Film Title: Kanał

Event No : 4
Date of Screening : 9-Feb-2013
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am


Andrzej Wajda



A symbolic depiction of hell on Earth, the movie is set in the last days of the Warsaw uprising in 1944. Lieutenant Zadra is commanding a company of 43 men in a desperate battle amidst the ruins. Facing German offense and cut off from their comrades, Zadra is commanded to retreat his men through the sewer system ('kanal'). Zadra and his men are reluctant to do so, as it would indicate that they have lost the battle, but decide to obey the orders. However, as the men (and women) retreat, it becomes clear that their desperate attempt to flee from the hell of battle will result only in more death and suffering.

Language: Polish
Running Time: 95 mins
Release Date: April 20, 1957
CBFC/MPAA Rating: -
Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
Produced by: Zespół Filmowy Kadr
Written by: Jerzy Stefan Stawiński
Teresa Iżewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wieńczysław Gliński, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski
Music by: Jan Krenz
Shot by: Jerzy Lipman
Editing by:
Halina Nawrocka

About the Film

KANAL is Andrzej Wajda's dirty, bloody valentine to the heroes of the 1944 Warsaw Resistance as the film follows the last hours of a band of heroes in their ultimately futile attempt to escape the Nazis through the labyrinth of underground sewers.


  1. Director Andrzej Wajda was himself a fighter in the Polish resistance movement against the Nazis in World War II and several scenes in the film were based on his experiences.
  2. Polish authorities bought Teresa Izewska one dress and one pair of shoes to represent them at the Cannes Film Festival.
  3. Andrzej Wajda originally wanted Zbigniew Cybulski to play 'Korab'.
  4. A lot of the film's crew members took part in the 1944 Warsaw uprising. Each character in the film has at least one equivalent of a real-life insurgent.


  1. Palme d'Or and Special Jury Prize to Andres Wajda at Cannes Film festival, 1957.

About the Director

Andrzej Wajda is a Polish Film director known prominently for his Trilogy war films and for receiving honorary Oscar.

Post war, he studied to be a painter at Kraków's Academy of Fine Arts before entering the Łódź Film School. Starting as an apprentice to Aleksander Ford, Wajda went on to direct some of the landmark movies. His movies reflect his keen interest in Symbolism quite often.

He was honored by European film Awards for his life time achievement in 1990 and an Honorary Oscar for his contribution in 2000.He also founded the "Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology" by contributing the sum he received as a part of film Award at Kyoto in 1987.

Four movies of his have been nominated for Oscars and several others have been nominated or won at various editions of Berlin International Film Festival.


About the Guest

Vetrimaaran is a budding director of Tamil industry who made his debut with a different movie "Polladhavan". Striking gold the second time with Aadukalam, which earned him two national awards, he continues to create his magic on silver screen with his offbeat masala movies.

Belonging to a family of well educated people, his journey to Movie industry is very interesting. He initially wanted to become a cricketer failing which he joined Loyola in the hope to pursue English literature. He ended up discontinuing his Masters degree as he discovered his real love-film making. This decision was mainly influenced by the elective that he took up from Vis-com department of Loyola and the time he spent in retrospection of his life (only to find that Cinema is the only constant element since his schooldays) .

Apart from direction, he has tried his hands at Production and Script writing.

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