At Full Gallop

At Full Gallop
Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
Produced by Miroslaw Bork
Krzysztof Zanussi
Written by Krzysztof Zanussi
Starring Maja Komorowska
Cinematography Jaroslaw Zamojda
Edited by Marek Denys
Release dates
  • 29 April 1996 (1996-04-29)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

At Full Gallop (Polish: Cwał, and also known as In Full Gallop) is a 1996 Polish drama film directed by Krzysztof Zanussi. Zanussi has described the film as his most autobiographical work. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 69th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]


A young boy in post-World War II, Communist-dominated Poland, whose father's decision to remain in Britain after the war has made his family politically-suspect with the local Party authorities, is sent by his mother to stay with an "aunt" (in reality an old family friend) in the capital, Warsaw. Ida is a strong-willed, single, middle-aged woman who has found her own ways of surviving in the Communist-run society (which sometimes involves her charming powerful older men, as well as maintaining two different sets of identity papers). She gets Hubert admitted to one of the city's best schools by portraying him as the orphan of a war hero. But she also shares with him her own passion for horses, at a time when riding is seen by many officials as a relic of the old aristocratic class. Hubert himself, meanwhile, struggles to understand how it can be right for a good Catholic to lie in order to survive under Communism.[4]


See also


  1. "Festival de Cannes: At Full Gallop". Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  2. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. "39 Countries Hoping for Oscar Nominations". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 13 November 1996. Archived from the original on 9 February 1999. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. "In Full Gallop" {alternative title}: Overview. Movies. The New York Times.

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