STORY
“Bogowie” (“Gods”) is a fact-based film story about the life of Professor Zbigniew Religa, who performed the first successful heart transplant in Poland in the 1980’s. It is a tribute to an outstanding individual who dared to change the existing rules. By removing a heart from a human body, the professor broke a moral, cultural and religious taboo. Several decades ago, a heart transplant was commonly perceived as an act against nature.
The film presents the nucleus of the discussion on the definition of biological death of a human and the limits of the competences of surgeons. Zbigniew Religa, along with a team of young doctors, opposed his former mentors. The struggle concerned not only a fight for equipment and funding, but first and foremost the clash with outdated mindsets.
It is a true portrait of a rebel who devoted all his life to being a forerunner. The professor saved thousands of human lives, yet not all of the surgeries were successful. As regards his patients, Religa made life-and-death decisions on a daily basis. “Gods” is a film about great ambition and willpower, but also about the price one has to pay for success.

DIRECTED BY
Łukasz Palkowski

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Piotr Sobociński Jr.

WRITTEN BY
Krzysztof Rak

PRODUCER
Piotr Woźniak-Starak, Krzysztof Rak

PRODUCED BY
Watchout Productions

CO-PRODUCED BY
Agora
Orange Polska
D35
Europejski Fundusz Rozwoju Wsi Polskiej
(the European Fund for the Development of Polish Rural Areas) Poręczenia Kredytowe Switch It On Ingenium

MUSIC BY
Bartosz Chajdecki

SOUND BY
Alvernia Studios

PRODUCTION DESIGN BY
Wojciech Żogała

COSTUME DESIGN BY
Ewa Gronowska

MAKE-UP BY
Aneta Brzozowska

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Dariusz Kłodowski

EDITED BY
Jarosław Barzan

PSM GENRE
Drama

RUNTIME
121 minutes

TECHNICAL SPECS
2,35:1 (2,39:1 DCP) colour 5.1 sound

 

Anthology Film Archives

May 2· 2015

9:30 pm

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