“Red Poppies,” hitting theatres on April 5th, marks a cinematic milestone as the first Polish film dedicated to honouring the historic victory at Monte Cassino. Directed by Krzysztof Łukaszewicz, the movie promises to immerse audiences in one of Poland’s most pivotal military triumphs.
Set against the backdrop of World War II, “Red Poppies” transports viewers into the heart of the Battle of Monte Cassino, filmed across European locations like Croatia, Bulgaria, Italy, and Poland. Renowned for his expertise in war cinema, Łukaszewicz intricately blends fact and fiction to pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who fought on the front lines.
At the story’s core is Jędrek, a young survivor whose journey reflects the transformation of Poland during wartime. His encounters with soldiers of the II Corps and his romance with nurse Pola propel him into the battle for Monte Cassino. Accompanying Jędrek are compelling characters, including a war correspondent turned mentor, and his brother Stanisław, whose unit plays a crucial role in the assault.
Despite the battle’s significance, it remains relatively unknown beyond Poland. “Red Poppies” aims to change that, offering overdue recognition to Polish soldiers. Supported by esteemed organizations, the film stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of courage and resilience.Read more: “Red Poppies”: A Cinematic Tribute to Poland’s Unsung Heroes of Monte Cassino