Oscar Movies: Maids of Wilko (1979)–Polish WWI Tale from Wajda

Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda directs this psychological drama Panny z Wilka, released in the U.S. as The Young Girls of Wilko and aks Maids of Wilko.

Set in the 1920s, based on the book by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, it centers on WWI veteran Wiktor Ruben (Daniel Olbrychski), who returns to the town where he had spent his childhood summers before the war. He stays with his aunt (Zofia Jaroszewska) and uncle (Tadeusz Bialoszczynski).

Wiktor is surrounded by women: Julcia (Anna Seniuk), Jola (Maja Komorowska), Zosia (Stanislawa Celinska), Kazia (Krystyna Zachwatowicz), and Tunia (Christine Pascal).

Oscar Nominations: 1

Panny z Wilka was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 1979 Academy Awards.

The winner however was The Tin Drum from Germany.

Unrated, 1 hr. 58 min.

Directed By:  Andrzej Wajda.

DVD:  Aug 26, 2003

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