De Rézici warned.  Our expectations have been met

The film's director is Marcin Koszalka. Actors such as Filip Bowiec, Sandra Dzimalska, Jakub Jershal, Julian Świszewski, Adam Voronović and Wiktoria Gorodecka will appear on the screen. The production cost amounts to PLN 16 million. So much for Polish conditions. In December 2020, the Polish Film Institute granted funding to the film “White Courage”.

Juralinfolk in Polish Cinema

The film tells the story of two brothers who come from a respected highland family in Zuarata. The youngest, Jederik, falls in love with the beautiful Bronka, but the woman is married to his brother Maciej. After the outbreak of war, both men face a dangerous dilemma.

“The proud Jędrek leaves his homeland in search of oblivion among the Bohemia of Kraków. On his way, he meets the German scientist and mountaineer Wolfram, who spreads the theory that the Highlanders are descended from the ancient Germanic tribe of Bragots. When war breaks out, the Germans offer cooperation to the people of Podhaly. Maciej Szorat refuses “Several prominent families strongly support this proposal. However, after Wolfram is convinced, Gedric cooperates, hoping to win back his lover and save his community from the devastation of war,” read the film's description posted on one of the websites.

During the war, the Germans actually made an offer of cooperation with the Highlanders. On this basis, in November 1939, Goralenverein was created – an organization aimed at gathering the highlanders in support of the German occupiers. It should be noted that not all representatives of highland organizations have joined this initiative. From the beginning, the Polish resistance movement fought Goralienverein.

Warming collaborators

Already in 2021, “Do Rzeczy” warned that films were being produced using Polish taxpayers' money to warm up images of collaborators and traitors from World War II. Rafael Zemkiewicz writes about this in his text “The Making of Contempt” (“Do Rzeczy” 8/2021).

“The last of the institutions mentioned, the Polish Film Institute, recently announced the next tranche of co-financing decisions for feature film productions (the third and final in 2020). The largest amount, about PLN 6 million, was donated from taxpayers’ money to Marcin Koszalka’s project “Courage “White” – a film about the Juralienvolk, i.e. a collaborationist organization operating in Podhalje during World War II. It is difficult to determine the meaning from the point of view of the Polish state in reminding the world of this unique act of organized cooperation on Polish territory during the war, especially in the context of the director's confessions, explaining his fascination Bjoralenvolk and his desire to deconstruct the myth of the highlanders who “have become a symbol of the country, a brand that can replace 'Eagle in the crown – highlanders welcome guests, pope,' makes Poles prefer not to remember their betrayal,” Zemkiewicz wrote.

“Seeing the occupation would be sweet. “I started delving into the history and this betrayal was less and less betrayal with each passing month,” the director says. “As he delved deeper, he discovered that support for the occupation,” the publicist added, “was more widespread than expected,” the publicist added. There was “practically no family in Podhale” that did not participate in the cooperation.


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