Scene from the film Viva Maria!
Scene from the film Viva Maria!
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Viva Maria!

  • Poland
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The great Polish opera diva Maria Fołtyn created her greatest performance in Stanisław Moniuszko’s ‘Halka’, with which she toured worldwide - she was applauded by Stalin and admired by Castro. Today, when she is losing her voice, she has decided to give way to her successor. The film ‘Viva Maria!’ is a tale of passion, sacrifice and devotion, and is an extraordinary story of passing down a voice.


  • Original title
    Viva Maria!
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Agnieszka Smoczyńska
  • DOP
    Magda Kowalczyk, Kacper Lisowski, Marcin Sauter
  • Duration
    17 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • KINOTEKA - 9th Polish Film Festival, London, 2011
    • FilmPOLSKA, Germany, 2011
    • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Netherlands, 2010
    • “Golden Apricot” 8th Yerevan Film Festival, Armenia, 2011
    • EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF), Korea, 2011
    • Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil, 2011
    • Central European Film Festival V4 in Izmir, Turkey, 2017
    • Era New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland, 2010
    • Vilnius Film Shorts, Lithuania, 2010
    • FIKE - International Short Film Festival, Portugal, 2010
  • Awards
    • Era New Horizons International Film Festival - Best Polish Short Documentary Film is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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