Production will begin later this year on the film which is an adaptation of the book by Polish novelist and poet Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz. The film will again be produced by Wajda's regular collaborator Michael Kwiecinski. It will be made through Kwiecinski's Akson Studio and with the backing of Warsaw-based Telewizja Polska (TVP) which will handle world sales. The Polish Film Institute is also posed to board the project.
Krystyna Janda, who stared in Wajda's classic Man Of Marble, will play a woman who falls in love with a man who reminds her of her deceased son.
The news of the new project comes as Kwiecinski confirmed that a planned screening of Katyn in Russia next month on March 5, the date of Stalin's death, has been cancelled because of political sensitivities. The film is about the murder of thousands of Polish officers by the Soviet Secret Police during World War II. Among them was Wajda's own father. Katyn won't be shown openly in Russia until after the 2008 Russian election. A 'closed' screening of Katyn was held in September last year at the Polish Embassy in Moscow to an audience consisting primarily of human rights activists and diplomats.
TVP's sales and acquisition manager Malgorzata Cup is fielding three offers from US distributors for Katyn but said yesterday she was unlikely to close a deal until after the Oscars on Feb 24.
Katyn has proved a full-blown phenomenon in Poland since its release last year, selling close to three million tickets. Attendances were swelled by throngs of school children and soldiers, sent to see the film by their teachers and officers.