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Netflix’s first Polish original series premieres tomorrow

Warsaw, Poland – The deeply frozen Cold War is heating up… 1983, the first Netflix Polish original series, will be released tomorrow. Much in the vein of The Man in the High Castle, it is set in an distopic scenario in which Poland’s liberation never happened and the Iron Curtain is still in place.

1983 is set in 2003, 20 years after a terrorist attack altered the course of history and of the events that led to the end of the Cold War. The show, created by Joshua Long, follows a naïve law student and a weary detective, played by Maciej Musiał and Robert Więckiewicz, who uncover a conspiracy that can potentially start a revolution. Other cast members include Michalina Olszańska, Zofia Wichłacz and Andrzej Chyra.

The eight episodes will all be released on the streaming platform tomorrow.

According to producer Frank Marshall, “this story has many complex layers: it’s high adventure, a crime story, and a spy thriller, with fascinating characters that will keep you coming back to see what happens next, like all great Netflix series”.

Agnieszka Holland is co-directing the show with three other well-known Polish female directors, including Kasia Adamik, Nina’s Olga Chajdas and Fugue’s Agnieszka Smoczyńska, the last two of them celebrated at last week’s Polish film festival organised in Paris.

A Hollywood favourite, Agnieszka Holland, who turned 70 yesterday, is best known for her films Europa Europa (1991) and In Darkness (2011), which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards. In 2017 she received the Silver Bear for her film Spoor at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Check out 1983’s official trailer: