Netflix’s 1983: Ekran Talks with director Olga Chajdas
1983 is the first original Polish television series created exclusively for Netflix. The thriller is set in an alternative-dystopian Poland, in the year 2003, where the Iron Curtain never fell and the Soviet Union remains in power.
The series is directed by Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, Agnieszka Smoczynska and Olga Chajdas. It was written by an American, Joshua Long.
1983 premiered on Netflix globally on November 30th.
During her visit to Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival, director Olga Chajdas sat down with Ekran to chat about her experience and the process of filming 1983.
The show also includes an all-star cast starring Robert Więckiewicz, Andrzej Chyra, Zosia Wichlacz and many more. 1983 is available around the globe for anyone who subscribes to Netflix.
“the show feels like a Polish version of The Man in the High Castle, only instead of the AXIS powers winning World War II, the USSR won (or survived) the Cold War. As such, 1983 seems to have bit more gritty glamour than the Amazon series. It feels like a daring spy thriller with a twist. The alt-history setting allows the show to flit through genres: cop drama, spy thriller, and revolutionary tale.”