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Władysław Pasikowski
Poland 1992 / 104’

The system is dead, long live the system. Amid the ruins of the PRL, between a sea of opportunity and an ocean of chaos, there is a relentless, ongoing battle for positions, influence, money, and even life. The losers are officials from the state security apparatus, the guardians of the old order, the scapegoats of the new order. Those who still believe in laws and justice begin new careers in the police. Those who do not believe in anything become gangsters. In his best film, Władysław Pasikowski talks about the changes that occurred in Poland with the help of the language of film noir, attempting to change by magic elements of Polish reality and the attitudes connected with them in easily recognizable characters from the genre. Pigs is a vulgar, violent film, lacking all sentiment, that tells the story of Poland’s most recent history. That is why it caused so much controversy at the beginning of the 1990s. That is also why it has retained its freshness 20 years after its initial release. You can confirm this for yourself in this digitally remastered version.

Piotr Mirski

Władysław Pasikowski

Władysław Pasikowski was born in 1959 in Lodz. His father was an usher at a cinema. He studied Cultural Studies at Lodz University and Direction at the Lodz Film School. He specializes in genre films with plots that concern historical events. In Pigs, these events are the changes to the political system that took place in Poland in the late 1980s and early 1990s; in Aftermath, the events were World War II and pogroms against Jews; in Jack Strong, it was the Cold War. Pasikowski received the Knight of the Order of Polonia Restituta medal.

Selected filmography

1991 Kroll

1992 Psy / Pigs

1998 Demony wojny według Goi / Demons of War

2012 Pokłosie / Aftermath

2014 Jack Strong

Cast & Crew

director Władysław Pasikowski
screenplay Władysław Pasikowski
cinematography Paweł Edelman
editing Wanda Zeman, Zbigniew Niciński
music Michał Lorenc
cast Bogusław Linda, Marek Kondrat, Cezary Pazura, Janusz Gajos, Agnieszka Jaskółka
producer Juliusz Machulski
production Studio Filmowe Zebra
sales Cyfrowe Repozytorium Filmowe
language Polish, English, German, Russian
colouration colour