This documentary captures the story of a man who is according to historians the most noteworthy spy of the Cold War era. The spy in question is Ryszard Kukliński, Colonel of the General Staff of the Polish People’s Army, who from 1972 to 1981 supplied the West with over forty thousand pages of top-secret Warsaw Pact documents. He worked under the codename Jack Strong, and many consider his work to have successfully prevented the outbreak of open nuclear conflict.
The film is a co-production between Poland, Slovakia (represented by the company Trigon Production) France and Germany. It was shot in the USA, Russian, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the crew ended up with more than eighteen thousand metres of footage. The film’s topic is discussed by numerous presidents and main representatives of world politics during the Cold War. The film also presents documents from classified archives on the colonel’s case and the contemporaneous political situation.
The film’s director Dariusz Jabloński is far from unknown to Slovak audiences. He is the president of the production company Apple Film Production, which took five years to complete its co-production project Janosik: A True Story (2009). Three years ago he premiered his Polish-Slovak film Strawberry Wine, starring Jiří Macháček. Photographs can be found at artfilmfest.sk in the Press section. The Art Film Fest International Film Festival Trenčianske Teplice/Trenčín is made possible through the financial support of the Audiovisual Fund and the European Union Programme MEDIA. Organizers: ART FILM, n. o., Forza, a. s. Co-organizers: the Town of Trenčianske Teplice, the City of Trenčín, the Trenčianske Teplice Health Spa General Sponsors: Dôvera Medical Insurance, AquaCity Poprad Main Sponsors: Tatra banka, Slovnaft, Veolia Voda – Central Slovakian Waterworks, OHL ŽS, Alison Slovakia Official Transport Provider: Lancia Logistics Sponsor: DHL; Free student cinepasses provided by: Prvá stavebná sporitelna (First Housing-Construction Savings Bank) Sponsor of the Slovak Season section: Zlatý Bažant; Sponsors: AVI Studio, Baske Guest House, Park Hotel na Baračke Official Suppliers: HUBERT J.E., Kláštorná, GS design, Philips, A Briliant Media Sponsors: Slovak Television, Markíza Television, FilmBox, CSTV, Central Europe Television, Rádio Europa 2, Rádio Hit FM, Pravda, .týždeň, Markíza, Pardon, Cinemax, Kam do mesta, zoznam.sk, Boomerang Media, SITA, euroAWK, superobed.sk