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Iconic film director Andrzej Wajda dies


Iconic film director Andrzej Wajda dies

The acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda has died at the age of 90.

He died in hospital on Sunday night.

His films are seen as reflecting his country’s turbulent history, manoeuvring between a repressive communist government and an audience yearning for freedom.

A life in film

Wajda only became a filmmaker after being turned down by the army in 1939.

He was a pupil of the prestigious Łódź film school.

His career took off after he won the jury special prize at Cannes in 1957 for Kanal, about the doomed 1944 Warsaw uprising by Polish partisans against the Nazis.


Wajda’s last film, “Afterimage” was recently chosen as Poland’s official entry for the 2016 Oscar for best foreign language film.


Palme D’Or (for Man of Iron, 1981)
Oscar for lifetime achievement (2000)

Nominated for Academy Award

The Promised Land
The Maids of Wilko
Man of Iron

A full filmography can be found here

What they are saying

“The day of the Palme was a very important day in my life, of course. But I was aware that his prize was not just for me. It was also a prize for the Solidarity union,” – Wajda said in an interview in 2007.


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