In So Far, and Yet So Near (1971), the film said most nearly to approximate the spirit of Konwicki’s novels, a middle-aged man sets out on a symbolic journey through past, present, and future to learn why an old friend committed suicide, and learns much about his own life along the way. The film’s cast reads like a Who’s Who of Poland’s greatest actors, including Andrzej Lapicki, Gustaw Holoubek, and Maja Komorowska. —Polish Cultural Institute
Tadeusz Konwicki (born June 22, 1926) is a Polish writer and film director, a member of the Polish Language Council. Konwicki was born in 1926 in Nowa Wilejka near Wilno, where he spent his early childhood. He spent his adolescence in Wilno, attending a local gymnasium. Immediately following the outbreak of World War II, Wilno was occupied by the Soviet Union and subsequently by Nazi Germany, and all education for Poles was discontinued. Konwicki continued his studies underground. In 1944, he joined the ranks of a local Home Army partisan unit, taking part in Operation Tempest and Operation Ostra Brama. After the war Wilno (retrieving its name as Vilnius in the process) was annexed by the Soviet Union and Konwicki was expatriated.
In the spring of 1945 Konwicki moved to Kraków, where he enrolled at Jagiellonian University. He also started to work as a journalist at Odrodzenie weekly, moving to Warsaw in 1947 to continue his work for the magazine. In the capital, he was one of… read more