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When the Wind Becomes Silent

Written and directed by: Mateusz Gołębiewski
Camera: Jakub Matras, Tora Kyllingstad, Michał Ślusarczyk
Editing: Kosma Kowalczyk
Music composed by: Adam Walicki
Length: 60′
Completed: 2023


Producer: Małgorzata Prociak, Konrad Szołajski – ZK STUDIO
Co-production: Kompendium (Norway), TVP SA (Poland), National Film
Archive – Audiovisual Institute (Poland), Silesia Film (Poland),
Co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union
A Polish Film Institute Co-financed Production
Co-financed form the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

About film:

The film tells the story of the extraordinary rivalry between two javelin
throwers – Janusz Sidło form Poland and Egil Danielsen, a Norwegian. Their
duels in the 1950s attracted crowds to the stadiums. The most important of
them took place during the XVI Olympic Games in Melbourne, the final of
which turned out to be one of the most unexpected in the history of sport.
During the competition, the Pole achieves an extraordinary result, which
puts him in first place. However, just before the end of the competition, he
decides to help his main rival. This unexpected behaviour deprives him of
the Olympic gold medal. The film will focus on recreating the
circumstances that led to what many historians call ‘the most beautiful
example of fair play in the history of the Olympic Games’.

‘When The Wind Becomes Silent’ is not only a story of sport competition at
the highest world level, but also a portrait of the Europe divided by the Iron
Curtain. Thanks to the use of unique archives, the director not only shows
the atmosphere of those times, but also influence of money, great politics
and social pressure on athletes.

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