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Diary of an Unknown Soldier

WWII through the memories of a simple underground soldier, who struggles to keep his senses while caught up in a meaningless bloodshed. Moments of everyday life during three years of war inspired by a real diary.

  • Dominika Ożarowska
  • Aneta Dzik
  • Tomasz Wyszomirski
    Key Cast
  • Henryk Gołębiewski
    Key Cast
  • Bartłomiej Baran
    Key Cast
  • Jakub Franaszczyk
    Key Cast
  • Aleksander Żurawski
    Key Cast
  • Jan Czarnecki
    Key Cast
  • Alicia Devaux
  • Tamahin Mehanni
  • Ewa Bogusz
  • Heimir G. Valdimarsson
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Social, History, War
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2019
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Lodz Film School
Director Biography - Dominika Ożarowska

Dominika Ożarowska - Graduate of Film School in Łódź and School of Fine Arts in Kraków. Scholarship holder of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Mexico. Her novel "There Will Be No Thunder Strike" was released in 2010. Born in 1991 in Kraków, currently based in Reykjavík.

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Director Statement

Diary of an Unknown Soldier is a film taking place during WWII. It tells the story of a simple allied soldier in a peripheral underground brigade.

Political context is deliberately omitted and the focus centers on an individual experience of war instead. How is it possible for such extreme conditions to become one’s everyday life?

With time, the hero becomes increasingly lost. People he gets attached to die, and new people flow in their place. Enemies become allies, and allies become enemies. The old order decays along with his identity.

Diary of an Unknown Soldier aims for an audience who searches for a language in which one could take up a dialogue about the rapidly transforming reality of today.

It has a pacifist message, as it shows the absurd cruelty of war. At the same time, it strives to dignify an individual's seemingly pointless experience of being a part of it.