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4.1
734 Ratings

Kanal

Directed by Andrzej Wajda
Poland, 1957
Drama

Synopsis

“Watch them closely, for these are the last hours of their lives,” announces a narrator, foretelling the tragedy that unfolds as a war-ravaged company of Home Army resistance fighters tries to escape the Nazis through the sewers of Warsaw.

Kanal Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1957 | Winner: Jury Special Prize

2019 | Cannes Classics

BAFTA Awards

1959 | Nominee: Most Promising Newcomer to Film

Viennale

2019

Critics reviews

What Wajda takes from Aldrich’s Attack he passes on to Ten Seconds to Hell, in preparation for dismaying visions to come (Klimov’s Come and See, Hirschbiegel’s Downfall, Loznitsa’s In the Fog). The suffocating punchline is that the light at the end of the tunnel is yet another prison, a very bitter toast to doomed Polish valor. (Ashes and Diamonds completes the requiem.)
June 23, 2014
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