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    Non British I know, but this is an excellent film, just don't expect a happy ending

    Katyn DVD | World Cinema | Films by Movie Mail UK

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    Senior Member Country: England Maurice's Avatar
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    The film premiered on Russian State TV on 2nd April - eight days before the plane crash in which 96 people, including the President of Poland, were killed.

    He was heading a delegation to take part in a commemoration of the Katyn massacre.

    The Moscow Times 05/04/10

    by Alexander Bratersky:

    A Polish film on the World War II-era Katyn massacre premiered on Russia 2 state television on Friday, a symbolic gesture of goodwill by the Russian government ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk in Katyn.

    Polish director Andrzej Wajda's Oscar-nominated KATYN shows how the Russians blamed the massacre of 20,000 Polish officers at Katyn, a forest in the Smolensk region, and elsewhere, on Nazi Germany and punished anyone who suggested Russian involvement. Wajda's own father was among the officers killed in the 1940 massacre.

    The Soviet Union only admitted responsibility in 1990, when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev admitted that Stalin's NKVD secret police had killed the officers.

    The issue remains sensitive, so Putin probably played a direct role in KATYN's premiere in Russia, said Alexei Mukhin, a political analyst with the Centre of Political Information.

    "He's a strong Christian believer who is showing by this action that politicians are familiar with the idea of redemption," Mukhin said on Sunday.

    He noted that it was Putin who had extended an invitation to Tusk in February to join him at Katyn on April 7 for 70th anniversary celebrations.

    "It is an indication that Russia is taking a big step and counting on reciprocity," Mukhin said of the invitation.

    KATYN's premiere was followed by a lengthy debate on Russia 2, formerly known as Kultura, between Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the State Duma's International Relations Committee, Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov, and several renowned historians.

    Wajda urged viewers not to use his film to provoke conflict between Russians and Poles.

    Kosachev praised the film for being both "anti-Stalin" and "anti-totalitarian".

    "I am grateful to this film by Wajda, who has shown how this tragedy is seen by ordinary Poles," he said.

    Kosachev added, however, that he was worried that some Polish politicians use the Katyn tragedy to "sort out Poland's relationship with Russia."

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