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by Jerzy Hoffmann


The events take place in the 9th century, a hundred years before Poland adopted Christianity. The lands around Goplo Lake are ruled by the bloodthirsty prince Popiel, who murdered all his relatives, in order to make sure his son inherits the throne. His crimes lead to a peasant revolt.
Ziemowit, a young hunter and warrior, is deeply in love with Dziwa, the beautiful daughter of Wisz. He cannot marry her, however, because her father offered her to the gods, and she was sent to serve Swiatowid, the god of Sun, at his shrine. Ziemowit does not accept the old man’s decision. He decides to fight for the girl.

international title: When the Sun was God - An Ancient Tale
original title: Stara Basn. Kiedly Slonce Bylo Bogiem
country: Poland
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Jerzy Hoffmann
release date: PL 19/09/2003
screenplay: Jerzy Hoffmann, Józef Hen
cast: Michał Żebrowski, Marina Andrejewna Aleksandrowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Jerzy Trela, Ryszard Filipski
cinematography by: Paweł Lebieszew, Jerzy Gościk
film editing: Cezary Grzesiuk
art director: Andrzej Haliński
costumes designer: Magdalena Tesławska, Paweł Grabarczyk
music: Krzesimir Dębski
producer: Jerzy Hoffmann, Jerzy R. Michaluk
production: Zodiak Jerzy Hoffman Film Production, Telewizja Polska (TVP) - Agencja Filmowa, Produkcji Filmowej - Instytucja Filmowa, Syrena Entertainment Group (PL)
distributor: Syrena Films
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