STRIKE

(Strajk – Die Heldin von Danzig)

STRIKE will open on June 15th in New York City at The Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

The Lincoln Plaza Cinemas is located at 1886 Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd St.

Volker Schlöndorff, the Academy Award winner director of The Tin Drum, returns to North American screens with “Strike” (“Strajk”). Based on actual events, “Strike” is the true story of a remarkable and little known figure who was integral in beginning the Solidarity movement and setting Poland on the course to democracy.

In the film, Agnieszka is a shipyard welder and crane operator who is a loyal and dedicated worker. Taunted by her peers for being such a paragon of virtue, she nonetheless advocates tirelessly for workers’ rights and is a thorn in the side of her Communist Party bosses. Her radical politicization begins when she witnesses many of her fellow workers die in an industrial accident. When their widows are denied pensions, she really begins to confront her superiors about the many inequities of working in the shipyard. Then, when she is fired after 20 years of uncompromised service to the company, her fellow workers show their solidarity and strike in order to force her reinstatement. Suddenly the whole shipyard is striking and as a groundswell of outrage and support builds nationwide, all Polish factories soon have a work stoppage. Solidarnosc is born.

“Strike” is a touching tribute to a true overlooked hero, a woman who undergoes an important awakening – the realization of an ordinary person who simply looks around her and distinguishes right from wrong. Just as the simple action of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat provided a catalyst for the entire Civil Rights Movement, so the actions of this single worker set the strikes in the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk in motion, ultimately bringing about the Solidarity Movement, the rise of Lech Walesa, Perestroika, and eventually to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

“Strike” reunites actress Katharina Thalbach (as Agnieszka) with Volker Schlöndorff, who directed her in The Tin Drum, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. One of Schlöndorff’s more recent credits is The Ninth Day. The “Strike” screenplay is by Andreas Pflüger. The producer is Jürgen Haase. The distributor is Red Envelope Entertainment/Laemmle Zeller Films.

Running Time: 104 minutes MPAA Rating: Unrated

Please join us for the following screening:

Tuesday – June 5th – 4pm – Magno Review 2

Wednesday – June 13th – 4pm – Magno Review 1

Magno Sound and Video is location at 729 7th Avenue (Between 48th and 49th)

Please RSVP to rsvp@murphypr.com or by calling 212-340-1984. For more information or to ask questions please call MURPHY PR at 212-414-0408.