A film about a legendary Polish World War II courier hits the cinemas in Poland on Friday.
The Messenger, directed by Władysław Pasikowski, follows the story of Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (1914-2005), who during the war served as a courier for Poland’s underground Home Army (AK), smuggling information to London, where the Polish government-in-exile was based.
Nowak-Jeziorański took part in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Polish capital’s Nazi German occupiers.
He ultimately escaped to the West, running the Polish section of Radio Free Europe from 1952 to 1976.
The film, in which Nowak-Jeziorański is played by Philippe Tłokiński, premiered in Warsaw on Monday night before an audience including the country’s president and culture minister.