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Ziemia Obiecana

The Promised Land

Project information

Talent Stanisław Bardadin
Role of participant Distributor
Director Andrzej Wajda
Status finished

Production details

Running time 169 min
Genre Historical / Period
Year of production 1974
Country of Production Poland
Production Company
Studio Filmowe Zebra

still / picture for Ziemia Obiecana


The end of the 19th century. The city of Łódź – the cradle of Polish textile industry. Three friends: a Pole – Karol Borowiecki, a German – Max Baum and a Jew – Moritz Welt, want to set up a textile factory. They use various tricks enforced by ruthless cotton magnates. After the fire consumes their brand new factory, their paths diverge. Karol compromises noble ideals and breaks off the engagement with Anka to marry Mada Müller, a daughter of the richest manufacturer Müller, which enables him to come into possession of the greatest capital in Łódź. A film adaptation of the novel by Władysław Reymont is an epic image of the conflicts of the 19th century capitalist Łódź, and a testimony of the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution.

Participation in international festivals / awards

International Festival of Independent Cinema Off Camera 2012 (premiere of restored version)