Young Eagles

Young Eagles


Krzysztof Łukaszewicz

2022, 1 h 44 min

Grodno, eastern borderland of pre-war Poland. On the 1st of September 1939 German planes bomb the city and one of the bombs hits Leoś, Ewelina and Tadek’s school. The world of carefree childhood, playfulness and first infatuations comes to an end in both a literal and symbolic way. Leoś is twelve, a Jewish boy, fascinated with the Polish independence tradition.

By virtue of the Soviet-German treaty, the Red Army enters Poland on the 17th of September 1939, planning to take Grodno over on the 20th of September. The city starts a hopeless fight. Small military detachments are supported by civilians, especially school pupils. It is the children who courageously defend the city, falling victim to the awful cruelty of the occupiers.

directed by: Krzysztof Łukaszewicz

written by: Krzysztof Łukaszewicz

director of photography: Tomasz Wójcik

music: Michał Lorenc

production design: Ewa Skoczkowska

costume design: Agnieszka Sobiecka

make-up: Monika Jan-Łechtańska

sound: Wojciech Ślusarz

edited by: Michał Czarnecki

casting by: Piotr Bartuszek

cast: Jowita Budnik, Feliks Matecki, Almira Nawrot, Bartłomiej Topa

production: Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych

producer: Włodzimierz Niderhaus, Agnieszka Będkowska

co-produced by: TVP

production manager: Anna Wojdat

co-financed by: Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, Minister Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego

distributed by: Telewizja Polska S.A.

Main Competition
Short Film Competition
Microbudget Film Competition
Pure Classics
Films from Gdynia
Opening Film
Platinum Lions Screening
Special Screenings
Krakow Film Festival Catching Waves
Missing Polish Film Festival
Janusz Korczak - Children's Festival