The Naked King

About the Film

Synopsis

1979, Revolution in Iran. 1980, Revolution in Poland. The fall of the Shah, the "King of Kings" in Iran, mass strikes and the "Solidarnosc" movement in Poland. What happened in the minds of the young women and men who were involved in the revolutions at the time? What happened to them when the revolution was suppressed or - as in Iran - when a religious-authoritarian elite took power?  

The director Andreas Hoessli lived in Poland as a research fellow. There he met the reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski, who reported on the revolution in Iran. Kapuscinski's notes are the starting point of the film narrative, in which the director also takes up the files of the Polish secret service about himself where he discovers that he is to be recruited as a informer under the name "Hassan" for the secret services of the Polish People's Republic.

Director

Director

Andreas Hoessli studied social and economic history in Zurich and Paris. Research fellowship in Warsaw. Doctorate at the University of Zurich. Correspondent for Central and Eastern Europe for various Swiss and German newspapers and magazines. From 1985 foreign editor at Swiss Television. Since 1993 Andreas Hoessli has been working as a freelance film author, producing documentaries for cinema and television. For several years he has been leading workshops and seminars on the subject of memory forms in documentary films (Beirut, Lusaka) on behalf of foundations. He is a member of the Swiss Film Academy.

Filmografie:

Awards

Best Film of the Festival VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international
Dok.fest München

Technical Details

Resolution
HD
Format
DCP
Duration
108min
Aspect Ratio
Color
Yes
Year
2019
Original Language
Polish, Farsi, English, German
Subtitles
German, English, Polish, French
Country
Switzerland, Poland, Germany
ISAN
0000-0005-07E0-0000-X-0000-0000-C

Credits

With

Tadeusz Chętko

Zbigniew Siemiątkowski

Parviz Rafie

Amir Hassan Cheheltan

Negar Tahsili

Mohsen Rafiqdoost

Jacek Petrycki

Kamal Tabrizi

Masoumeh Ebtekar

Józef Pinior

Stefan Piwowar

Skript & Director

Andreas Hoessli

Montage

Lena Rem

Camera

Peter Zwierko

Sound

Hassan Shabankareh

Marcin Lenarczyk

Marcin Popławski

Zofia Moruś

Producer

Peter Zwierko

Associate Producers

Vadim Jendreyko

Hercli Bundi

Co-producers

Paweł Kosuń

Agnieszka Janowska

Jacek Nagłowski

Anna Martensen

Narrator German

Bruno Ganz

Narrator English

Sam Riley

Narrator French

Edmond Vullioud

Narrator Polish

Jerzy Radziwilowicz

Sound studio

Bewegte Bilder

Re-recording

Dominik Avenwedde

Graphic design/online/DCP

REDSPACE A.G.

Color Correction

Hannes Rüttimann

Production

Mira Film

Co-production

Centrala

TM Film

In co-production with

Telewizja Polska S.A.

Marta Dużbabel

In co-production with

ARTE G.E.I.E.

Sabine Lange

With financial support from

Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK)

Zürcher Filmstiftung

Polish Film Institute

MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg

Kulturfonds Suissimage

Ernst Göhner Stiftung

UBS Kulturstiftung

Robert Bosch Stiftung / Literarisches Colloquium Berlin

Succès Passage Antenne

éducation21 / Filme für eine Welt

Participant of  Eurodoc