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OPERATION DANUBE

by Jacek Glomb

synopsis

Operation Danube was the cover name for the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact armies in August 1968. The fleet of Polish tanks which arrive to liberate their neighbour, ostensibly threatened by a counter-revolution, includes the old tank nicknamed “Ladybird”, which is the last to leave the barracks. It gets hopelessly lost and conks out at daybreak in a small Czech border town in the middle of nowhere. Its inhabitants are quick to show their antipathy towards the occupiers. However, when both sides realise they are essentially victims of the situation and that they are capable of reaching a gentlemen’s agreement, all kinds of relationships begin to blossom.

international title: Operation Danube
original title: Operace Dunaj (Operacja 'Dunaj')
country: Czech Republic, Poland
sales agent: Monolith Films
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Jacek Glomb
release date: CZ 21/08/2009, PL 21/08/2009, SK 21/08/2009
screenplay: Jacek Kondracki, Robert Urbanski
cast: Jirí Menzel, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Bolek Polívka, Maciej Stuhr, Jan Budar, Martha Issová, Eva Holubová, Jaroslav Dusek, Tomasz Kot
cinematography by: Jacek Petrycki
film editing: Jirí Brozek
art director: Malgorzata Bulanda, Marek Warszewski, Milan Bycek
music: Bartek Straburzyński
producer: Wlodzimierz Niderhaus , Rudolf Biermann
production: WFDiF - Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych, In Film Praha, Odra Film
distributor: Bontonfilm, Monolith Films (PL)
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