Washingtonians and Polandphiles will get not one but at least two chances to see the new film “Walesa, Man of Hope,” the story of how Lech Walesa went from working-class hero to chairman of the National Committee of Solidarity to Nobel laureate to president of a democratic Poland.
The Embassy of Poland is hosting a screening of the film on Wednesday in the Capitol Visitor Center, featuring Walesa, the film’s director Andrzej Wajda and Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho. Then the film will get top billing at the American Film Institute’s European Union Film Showcase at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md., on Thursday. That screening and reception will feature Robert Wieckiewicz, who plays Walesa in the film. The Silver will show the film again on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The movie is Poland’s official selection for the 2013 Academy Awards foreign film competition.
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