The Call of the Toad

dir.

Robert Gliński

2003, 1 h 39 min

Aleksander, a German born in Gdansk, lives in Germany. Aleksandra, a Pole born in Vilnius, lives in Gdansk. Both left their hometowns in 1945. Or rather were expelled. They meet in 1989 in Gdansk when Aleksander comes to Poland after about forty years. In the past, he was a member of the Hitler Youth. Aleksandra was an active member of the Union of Polish Youth. Flirting and fighting they fall in love. Willing to contribute to the end of fight between their nations, they establish the Polish-German Cemetery Association to give the dead the right to come back to their motherland.

Written by: Paweł Huelle, Cezary Harasimowicz, Klaus Richter (based on the book by Gunter Grass)
Director of photography: Jacek Petrycki
Production design by: Robert Czesak, Jochen Schumacher
Costume design by: Anna Kiljańska, Bea Gossmann
Editing: Krzysztof Szpetmański
Sound: Gregor Voigt
Cast: Krystyna Janda (Aleksandra Piątkowska), Matthias Habich (Alexander Reschke), Dorothea Walda (Erna), Udo Samel (Vielbrand), Marek Kondrat (Marczak), Mareike Carriere (Johanna), Joachim Krol (Karau), Zbigniew Zamachowski (Bieroński), Aleksandra Kisio (Iwonka), Krzysztof Globisz (Wróbel), Mirosław Baka (mechanic)

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