Directed by Piotr Kumik, Netflix’s ‘Operation: Nation’ (originally titled ‘Kryptonim: Polska’) is a Polish comedy-drama movie that follows Staszek, a young member of the Radical Youth Association, abbreviated as ZMR, who finds a sense of belonging and strength by being associated with the nationalists. Following the orders of the leader named Roman, he engages in several patriotic activities along with his buddies. During one such event, Staszek crosses paths with a left-wing activist, Pola, who just broke up with her boyfriend. Attracted to her instantly, he hides his affiliation with ZMR to get in her good books.
Sooner rather than later, Staszek and Pola indulge in a forbidden relationship, leading to surprising events. Starring Maciej Musiałowski, Borys Szyc, Magdalena Maścianica, Antoni Królikowski, and Karol Kadłubiec, the comedy movie mainly unfolds in Bialystok, where Staszek lives, and Warsaw, where the celebration of the greatest Equality Parade in history takes place. Including different sites in the backdrop makes it only natural for the viewers to wonder about the actual filming locations of ‘Operation: Nation.’ If you are one such curious soul, you might be interested in what we have to share about the same!
Operation: Nation Filming Locations
‘Operation: Nation’ was filmed in Poland, especially in Bialystok and Warsaw. Reportedly, the principal photography for the drama movie took place in the summer of 2021. By choosing to shoot the movie on location, the makers managed to inject some authenticity into the tale and elevate the quality of the narrative even further. Now, let’s follow the love story of Staszek and Pola and get a detailed account of all the specific sites that appear in the Netflix movie!
To shoot the scenes of Staszek in his hometown of Bialystok, the filming unit of ‘Operation: Nation’ set up camp on location and utilized the various locales of the Polish city and the capital of the Podlaskie Voivodeship. As the cast and crew members lensed various exterior scenes in and around Bialystok, you will likely spot multiple landmarks and places of interest in the backdrop of different sequences. Some are the Białystok Puppet Theatre, the Podlaskie Museum, Branicki Palace, St. Roch Church, and Kościuszko Square.
Several pivotal portions of ‘Operation: Nation’ were also taped in Warsaw, the Polish capital. Specifically, the Plac Zbawiciela or the Saviour Square, which is situated in Warsaw’s Śródmieście district in the neighborhood of Śródmieście Południowe, served as one of the prominent production locations for the comedy-drama movie. Apart from ‘Operation: Nation,’ Warsaw’s locales have been featured in numerous film and TV projects over the years. Some notable ones are ‘Dziewczyny z Dubaju,’ ‘Three Colors: White,’ ‘A Short Film About Love,’ ‘Filip,’ ‘Pokolenie Ikea,’ and ‘Sexify.’
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