These people had no nobility and no bourgeoisie, they only had their rebels and their soldiers, and they had their leaders. They were walking towards Poland, straightening their back that had been bent over by a weight which would have overwhelmed others. With these words, Kazimierz Kutz's film storytelling begins, as a tribute to the former inhabitants of Silesia. Salt of the Black Earth - according to the anecdote, Kutz got the idea for the film in his sleep - takes place in 1920 and tells the story of the second Silesian Uprising. The main character here is young Gabriel Basista, who, together with his kin, is fighting for a common cause. His battle adventures are arranged in a series of loosely connected, simultaneously spectacular and poetic episodes. Salt... is not so much a film with a historical backdrop, as one with a mythological backdrop; the film's vision is openly simplified and idealized. This colorful, quite eccentric work is the first part of a Silesian trilogy, which also includes Pearl in the Crown and Beads from One Rosary.
(1929 - 2018) Kazimierz Kutz was graduated from the National Film, Television & Theatre School in Łódź. His film debut, Cross of Valour was a polemic voice in a nationwide discussion on war experience. It gained the director a reputation as an excellent realist, able to show warmly and kindly the complex human psyche. His first films opposed the Polish School. His works focused on exploring ordinary life, far from great ideas and romantic martyrdom. He became very popular through the Silesian trilogy - Salt of the Black Earth, Pearl in the Crown and The Beads of One Rosary. Kazimierz Kutz was also a theatre and TV director.
1958 Krzyż Walecznych / Cross of Valor
1960 Nikt nie woła / Nobody's Calling
1961 Ludzie z pociągu / Night Train
1969 Sól ziemi czarnej / Salt of the Black Earth
1971 Perła w koronie / Pearl in the Crown
1979 Paciorki jednego różańca / The Beads of One Rosary
1994 Śmierć jak kromka chleba / Death as a Slice of Bread
1995 Pułkownik Kwiatkowski / Colonel Kwiatkowski