Directed by Danuta Halladin

The film is a story dedicated to the Old Town in Bydgoszcz and the events which have taken place there over the course of the last hundred years. Simultaneously, it is an interesting attempt at presenting the history of the city per se, sifted through the perspective of the Old Town, seen as its urban and historic “heart.”

The film story about the Old Town and Bydgoszcz itself starts at the end of the 19th Century and during the rule of Prussians. Former residents of the city talk to the film Director about episodes from their lives related to the Old Town in Bydgoszcz.

The Heart of Bydgoszcz – The Old Town

The entire film was made in the Old Town in Bydgoszcz.


  • The film was made by Danuta Halladin (1930-1987), a prized Polish documentary film maker, winner of the Golden Hobby-Horse Grand Prix Award at the Kraków Film Festival for the film Moja ulica/My Street from 1965.
  • During WWII, the Germans destroyed the most-beautiful section of the buildings in the Old Town in Bydgoszcz, demolishing the Jesuit Church, and tenement houses from the 19th Century, i.e. the western frontage, which has not been restored to this day.

Information on the film


Poland 1982, 28′

Directed by: Danuta Halladin

Screenplay: Danuta Halladin

Cinematography: Stanisław Plewa

Music: Jan Wołek

Produced by: Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych (Warszawa)