Documentary Co-production about the Teutonic Order Nearly Completed

4 August 2017

The shooting and editing of "Habit & Armour" have finished. The Polish-Lithuanian-French-German co-production was filmed among others in Gdańsk, Toruń, Warmia and Masuria, and Lithuania.

"Habit & Armour" is a historic, fictionalized document with a high quantity of CGI. It presents the history of the State of the Teutonic Order and the Kingdom of Poland as a real strategy game, where different civilisation values compete with each other, while human emotions clash. The film script covers 300 years, from the 12th to the 16th century, from the foundation of the order, through the Polish-Lithuanian-Teutonic War in the 15th century, to the secularization and submission to the Polish King in the so-called Prussian Tribute.

‘ "Habit & Armour" presents historic sites, and the script was consulted with historians, which guarantees credibility. At the same time, the film appeals to the contemporary audience through the use of exciting fictionalized scenes and enriches their knowledge through vivid computer-generated imagery,’ says Dorota Roszkowska from ARKANA film studio, the producer. ARKANA’s previous works include creative documentaries such as "Poste Restante" directed by Marcel Łoziński, which received European Film Award or "Honey Hunters" by Krystian Matysek, and feature films such as "The Mill and the Cross" by Lech Majewski. The co-producers are Kęstutis Drazdauskas (Artbox) from Lithuania and Hans-Robert Eisenhauer (Ventana) from Germany. 

The film is directed by Paweł Pitera, theatrical and cinematic director. His "Testimony," presenting John Paul II through memories of Cardinal Dziwisz, was seen in cinemas by 2 million people. The script to "Habit & Armour" was written by Paweł Pitera and Jan Wróbel, a columnist, a historian and a teacher.

The filming started in Autumn 2015 and took place in Poland - on the battlefields of Grunwald, in Teutonic castles (Toruń, Lidzbark Warmiński, the Gniew Castle Hotel, Malbork), in Gdańsk, and in Lithuanian cities: Vilnius and Trakai. The crew spent nearly two months on the set.

The shooting in Gdańsk took place among others near the Gdańsk Main Town Hall at Długa Street, at Mariacka Street, and on the Granary Island. ‘We are pleased that the City of Gdańsk was able to accommodate the crew and assist in the production of this historical picture. Our city is open to collaboration with the film industry,’ says Anna Zbierska, Deputy Director of Communication and Promotion Department of city of Gdańsk.

The production has several language versions: Polish, English Lithuanian, German and French, and the narrator is Hollywood actor Stacy Keach ("American History X", "The Bourne Legacy"). Apart from the full-length cinematic version, a TV series production is also planned; it will be broadcast among other by Lithuanian LRT, German MDR and French ARTE. In Poland the film will be distributed to cinemas on the 1st of September by Next Film. The premiere will take place in Toruń, and then several days later in Warsaw.        

"Habit & Armour" is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, the National Film Archive-the National Audiovisual Institute, MDR Television in collaboration with ARTE, the Lithuanian Film Centre, and the Polish-German Film Fund.