Cinematic Lublin

And the Oscar goes to... Lublin!

Over the last few decades, Lublin has become an interesting film set for many Polish productions. Although there were also film guests from abroad!

  • Old Town. The oldest district of Lublin could be an Oscar winner. More than once it played the role of Vilnius, Warsaw, and even Paris. In 1972, scenes were shot for the 10-episode series “Black Clouds” directed by Andrzej Konic shot here. Lublin Old Town played the seventeenth-century Warsaw. 2002 brought the film by Polish director Jerzy Antczak, “Chopin. Desire for Love ”, in which Lublin became Warsaw again and, for the first time in its career, Paris. The Old Town has also become a film set for the film “Moralność Pani Dulskiej” – a continuation of the popular book by Gabriela Zapolska. The streets of the Old Town also depicted the Jewish ghetto in the film “Cudak” made in 2020.
  • The Holy Trinity Chapel. The architectural gem of Lublin was immortalized in the movie “Ogniem i mieczem” by Jerzy Hoffman – a screen adaptation of Henryk Sienkiewicz novel. The scene shows duke Jeremy Wiśniowiecki swearing his oath. In addition, the Holy Trinity Chapel was also visited by the film crew of the film “Volta”, directed by Juliusz Machulski, born in Lublin. The film was made in 2017 – the 700th anniversary of granting the city its municipal rights.
  • Kowalska Street. Due to its architecture at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, films and series were shot here. The street became the background for the film “Cudak” by Anna Kazejak and the series “Wojenne dziewczyny” produced by Polish Television.
  • The Open Air Village Museum in Lublin. The original, over 100-year-old buildings from Lublin and the region, convinced Polish filmmakers to arrange a film set here. In 2015, the Open Air Village Museum became the setting for the film “Wołyń” by Wojciech Smarzowski. Moreover, he imitated the Polish countryside in the film “Bitwa Warszawska 1920” directed by Jerzy Hoffman (2010).
  • Litewski Square. The square, together with Krakowskie Przedmieście and Hotel Europa, became the protagonist of the series “Determinator” produced by Polish Television. This is the story of a doctor who accidentally finds himself in the middle of a gangster game. Lublin is a fictional city with no name.
  • Centre for the Meeting of Cultures. Scenes for Agnieszka Holland’s series “1983”, the first Polish series made for the Netflix platform, were recorded in the raw interiors of Centre for the Meeting of Cultures. This is a futuristic thriller about an alternative reality.
  • The State Museum at Majdanek. Scenes for the film “The Reader” by Stephen Daldry were shot in the area of ​​the former German Nazi concentration and prisoner camp, where the Museum at Majdanek operates today. Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes appear in the adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s novel. The film won 5 Oscar nominations and 4 Golden Globe nominations, and two awards went to Kate Winslet.

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