"I hope in 2004 the Russian audience will see my new motion picture," the director said. In his words, from the moment of the first night in Warsaw on September 15, over a million of Poles have seen the picture.
Young Russian actress Marina Aleksandrova played one of her main roles in that picture. Hoffman invited her upon the advice of Russian cameraman Pavel Lebeshev, who also worked on the film. The movie became Lebeshev's last creative work - he died six months before the first night.
"This picture is really a pre-Christian pagan legend, and at the same time it's very Slavic," Hoffman said.
The action takes place in Poland in the ninth century, 100 years before Christianity was adopted. "The theme of love is one of the main in the movie, which is full of tears, jealousy, battles, feats, defeats and victories, and all these are inherent in man," Hoffman said.
"The younger generation now longs for mysterious tales from the childhood. People are seeking escape from big cities, from 'industriality'. And we decided to show the world our Slavic myth, Slavic fantasy," the Polish director said.
"When the Sun was God - an Ancient Tale" has already been shown in the USA, Canada and Australia.