'It's a personal story for me because my father was killed in Katyn,' Wajda told Screen International.
Katyn (Post-Mortem) examines the Katyn massacre of 1940, in which Soviet troops killed thousands of Polish POWs - members of intelligentsia drafted into the Polish army. 'It starts in '39 and ends in '45. It shows the massacre and it shows the lie that came after: The Soviets maintained that the massacre was committed by the Germans in '41 when actually it was the Soviets in '40,' Wajda said.
The film tells the story of the massacre through the perspective of four families, particularly women who lost their husbands and brothers there. Like Wajda's films Kanal and Ashes And Diamonds, it connects personal lives with historic events.
The film is produced Michal Kwiecinski of Akson Studio. Wajda said he was able to make a visually richer film thanks to increased funding made possible by Poland's new film law.
Wajda expects to finish post in the next two months. The filmmakers want to consider Polish audiences reactions before taking the film to festivals
Wajda said he has plans to shoot another film yet this year. A contemporary drama, the story connects events in the 1950s with the present day through the leading female character.