(Syrena EG: 1999) -175 minutes- Poland (English subtitles)
A 1999 Polish historical epic directed by Jerzy Hoffman. The film is based on the novel of the same name, the first part in The Trilogy of Henryk Sienkiewicz. At the time of its filming it was the most expensive Polish film ever made. The story is set in Ukranian lands of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland during the Khmelnytsky Uprising of 1648-51. A Polish knight, Skrzetuski, and a Cossack otaman Bohun, both fall in love with the same woman, Helena. Their rivalry unfolds against the backdrop of a Cossack uprising led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky, aimed at reclaiming control of the land from the hands of the Polish nobles. Historic events form a framework for an action and character driven plot, and fictional characters mingle with historic ones. The movie, as the book, culminates with the savage siege of Zbarazh.
Starring: Machai Zebrowski, Izabella Scorupco, Aleksandr Domogaraf.
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