The great Polish opera diva Maria Fołtyn created her greatest performance in Stanisław Moniuszko’s „Halka”, with which she toured worldwide – she was applauded by Stalin and admired by Castro. Today, when she is losing her voice she has decided to give way to her successors. The film „Viva Maria” is a tale of passion, sacrifice and devotion, and is an extraordinary story of passing down a voice.
Sławomir Sikora (a prototype of the hero of Krzysztof Krauze’s film The Debt) is released from prison for a three month break after serving ten of the twenty five years of imprisonment he has been sentenced to for double murder. He uses this time to appeal for pardon. He is supported by the ‘Debt’ Citizens’ Committee. In December 2005, after the document is finished, he is pardoned.