Witold Lesiewicz Release date1963 WriterAndrzej Munk (screenplay), Zofia Posmysz (novel), Zofia Posmysz (screenplay) Initial releaseSeptember 20, 1963 (Poland) DirectorsAndrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz ScreenplayAndrzej Munk, Zofia Posmysz CastAleksandra Śląska (Liza), Anna Ciepielewska (Marta), Janusz Bylczynski (Capo), Krzesislawa Dubielówna, Anna Golebiowska (Female Prisoner), Barbara Horawianka (Nurse) Similar movies2 or 3 Things I Know About Him, Au Revoir Les Enfants, The Grey Zone, Train of Life, God on Trial, Gloomy Sunday
Passenger (Polish: Pasażerka) is an unfinished 1963 Polish film directed by Andrzej Munk, which Witold Lesiewicz assembled for release.
Passenger, using the form of a documentary, relates the experiences of one female SS officer (Slaska) at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II and her relationship with an inmate, Marta (Ciepielewska), whose life she manages to save on occasion.
Munk died in a car accident while the film was in production and the completed scenes were combined from parts of original footage and screenplay sketches by Witold Lesiewicz. The methods used are explained in a voiceover during the course of the film, so its unfinished state itself takes a documentary form. Parts of the film were shot at Auschwitz. The source was a radio drama Passenger from Cabin Number 45, written by Zofia Posmysz-Piasecka in 1959. Posmysz's play was later reworked into a novel. It was published in 1962 as Pasażerka.
Aleksandra Śląska - Liza
Anna Ciepielewska - Marta
Janusz Bylczynski - Capo
Anna Golebiowska - Female Prisoner
Barbara Horawianka - Nurse
Anna Jaraczówna - Capo
Maria Koscialkowska - Guard Inga Weniger
Andrzej Krasicki - Commission Member
Jan Kreczmar - Walter
Irena Malkiewicz - Oberaufseherin Madel
Leon Pietraszkiewicz - Lagerkommandant Grabner
Kazimierz Rudzki - Commission Member
The film was entered into the 1964 Cannes Film Festival where it won a FIPRESCI Award. The film was also selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 37th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.