The Naked King

A film by Andreas Hoessli


1979, Revolution in Iran. 1980, Revolution in Poland. The fall of the Shah, the "King of Kings" in Iran, mass strikes and the "Solidarnosc" movement in Poland. What happened in the minds of the young women and men who were involved in the revolutions at the time? What happened to them when the revolution was suppressed or - as in Iran - when a religious-authoritarian elite took power?  

The director Andreas Hoessli lived in Poland as a research fellow. There he met the reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski, who reported on the revolution in Iran. Kapuscinski's notes are the starting point of the film narrative, in which the director also takes up the files of the Polish secret service about himself where he discovers that he is to be recruited as a informer under the name "Hassan" for the secret services of the Polish People's Republic.

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«The revolt liberates us from our own ego, from the ego of everyday life, which suddenly seems small, trivial and alien to us.»
Ryszard Kapuscinski, journalist

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  • Credits


    Tadeusz Chętko

    Zbigniew Siemiątkowski

    Parviz Rafie

    Amir Hassan Cheheltan

    Negar Tahsili

    Mohsen Rafiqdoost

    Jacek Petrycki

    Kamal Tabrizi

    Masoumeh Ebtekar

    Józef Pinior

    Stefan Piwowar

    Skript & Director

    Andreas Hoessli


    Lena Rem


    Peter Zwierko


    Hassan Shabankareh

    Marcin Lenarczyk

    Marcin Popławski

    Zofia Moruś


    Peter Zwierko

    Associate Producers

    Vadim Jendreyko

    Hercli Bundi


    Paweł Kosuń

    Agnieszka Janowska

    Jacek Nagłowski

    Anna Martensen

    Narrator German

    Bruno Ganz

    Narrator English

    Sam Riley

    Narrator French

    Edmond Vullioud

    Narrator Polish

    Jerzy Radziwilowicz

    Sound studio

    Bewegte Bilder


    Dominik Avenwedde

    Graphic design/online/DCP


    Color Correction

    Hannes Rüttimann


    Mira Film



    TM Film

    In co-production with

    Telewizja Polska S.A.

    Marta Dużbabel

    In co-production with

    ARTE G.E.I.E.

    Sabine Lange

    With financial support from

    Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK)

    Zürcher Filmstiftung

    Polish Film Institute

    MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg

    Kulturfonds Suissimage

    Ernst Göhner Stiftung

    UBS Kulturstiftung

    Robert Bosch Stiftung / Literarisches Colloquium Berlin

    Succès Passage Antenne

    éducation21 / Filme für eine Welt

    Participant of  Eurodoc

  • Technical Details
    Duration108 min
    Original LanguagePolish, Farsi, English, German
    SubtitlesGerman, English, Polish, French
    CountrySwitzerland, Poland, Germany
  • Festivals

    25. IT'S ALL TRUE Film Festival, São Paulo

    September 23, 2020 - October 04, 2020

    6. Iranian Film Festival, Zurich

    May 31, 2020 - May 31, 2020

    1979 - Revolution in Bildern, Cologne(DE)

    November 28, 2019 - December 01, 2019

    68. IFFMH, Mannheim & Heidelberg (DE)

    November 14, 2019 - November 24, 2019

    36. Kasseler Dokfest (DE)

    November 12, 2019 - November 17, 2019

    27. Camerimage 2019, Toruń (PL). Competition

    November 09, 2019 - November 16, 2019

    15. MOVE IT! filmfestival, Dresden (DE)

    November 07, 2019 - November 13, 2019

    34. DOK.fest, Munich (DE). World Premiere & Winner main competition "DOK.international"

    May 08, 2019 - May 19, 2019

  • Awards

    Dok.fest München

    Best Film of the Festival VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international