Steven Spielberg in Wrocław

The cast features the stars of Hollywood: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda and Eve Hewson. Constructing the film's stage design has commenced at Kurkowa St. The filming starts in the second half of November.

  • Steven Spielberg at pl. Uniwersytecki in Wrocław in 2004

    Steven Spielberg at pl. Uniwersytecki in Wrocław in 2004. Photo: Tomasz Walków

  • Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa

    Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa, photo: Tomasz Walków

  • This is where a Steven Spielberg film set grows in Wrocław

    This is where a Steven Spielberg film set grows in Wrocław, photo: Tomasz Walków

  • Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa

    Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa, photo: Tomasz Walków

  • Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa

    Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa, photo: Tomasz Walków

  • This is where a Steven Spielberg film set grows in Wrocław

    This is where a Steven Spielberg film set grows in Wrocław, photo: Tomasz Walków

  • Ul. Kurkowa. Building a film set for Spielberg in Wrocław

    Ul. Kurkowa. Building a film set for Spielberg in Wrocław, photo: Tomasz Walków

  • Steven Spielberg in Wrocław in 2004.

    Steven Spielberg in Wrocław in 2004. Photo: Tomasz Walków

  • Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa

    Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa, photo: Tomasz Walków

  • Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa

    Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa, photo: Tomasz Walków

  • Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa

    Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa, photo: Tomasz Walków

  • Building a Stevern Spielberg film set at ul. Kurkowa

    Building a Steven Spielberg film set at ul. Kurkowa, photo: Tomasz Walków

  • Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa

    Building a film set at ul. Kurkowa, photo: Tomasz Walków


The film will be a spy thrillers from the times of Cold War. The working title of the production is "St. James Place"; it tells a story of Francis Gary Powers, a pilot, whose U2 plane was shot down in 1960 by the Russians during a reconnaissance flight. The films chief character is a lawyer, James Donovan, who after being hired by the CIA, suddenly finds himself at the very heart of the Cold War and negotiates releasing the pilot with the Russians.

The authors of the script are Joel and Ethan Coen , based on the original text by Matt Charman, and the cinematography is by Janusz Kamiński.

What scenes will Spielberg shoot in Wrocław?

Wrocław will recreate a part 1950s/1960's Berlin.Since May this year Wroclaw Film Commission has been taking part in preparations to completion of Wrocław part of the shots. The committee has been called by the local governments of Lower Silesia and Wrocław to assist film crews who are interested in making their films in the region.

Municipal services make sure everything goes smooth for Spielberg's filming crew. Also, the officers do their best to limit to the maximum all potential impediments (e.g. closing of streets) brought to the residents and drivers by the process of film making.

Shooting for Steven Spielberg's film started on September 8th, 2014 in New York's Brooklyn. Next stages will be carried out in Berlin, Potsdam and Wrocław.

The film's key scene will feature exchange of prisoners at the Glienicke Bridge on Hawela river, where a Cold War border between Western Berlin and Eastern Germany used to be. It is there that on February 10th, 1962 the first exchange of spies between superpowers took place. The USA set free a Soviet spy, colonel Rudolf Abel, in exchange for pilot Francis Gary Powers.

When will Spielberg's film released?

Steven Spielberg's new film is made in American-German co-production. The USA première of the film is planned for October 2015.

Steven Spielberg visited Wrocław in 2004, when he was searching for sets for his film "Munich", but he did not decide to shoot a film here at the time.

Agnieszka Kołodyńska