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Mundial. The Highest Stakes

Mundial_The_Highest_Stakes

Directed by Michal Bielawski / Poland 2013 / 90 min

Polish national football team qualified for the 12th Football World Cup in Spain in October’81. Two months later, in December’81, general Jaruzelski stopped the Solidarity revolution introducing the martial law. Army took control of everyday life and opposition members were caught and held in detention centers. Six months later, Polish football players managed to win 3rd place in Espana’82 World Cup. For several weeks of summer ‘82, they make Poles forget about the gloomy reality of martial law. Struggles of football players were not followed by fans alone. They were also closely observed by the opposition members held in detention centres.Documentary recreate the Polish national football team performance, football tournament thrills and reflect them in the memories of the opposition members. Film tells about the society divided by martial law, the relation between the state and the people, especially about the propaganda effort to re-edit live broadcast and hide the Solidarity banners, about the playersmotivations and the political prisoners everyday reality.Participation of couch Antoni Piechniczek and key Polish players in the film, help to recreate the atmosphere of preparations and the World Cup games, presents the most important moments of the matches and the important events outside of the stadiums. Were players interested in the medals or they thought about raising the spirits of the Poles?Integral part of the film is created by the story of fans who found themselves in a very unusual situation. How much detainees were willing to sacrifice to be able to support their national team? What did the detainees do to see the matches and how do they remember them? An important element of the Mundial was also the difference of opinions between the people in detention centres. At the commencement of the World Cup they divided into two groups: the ones watching and the ones boycotting (due to the broadcast in national television).“Mundial” story is told by documentary interviews, archives, photography and film re-enactments.



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