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ANDRZEJ WAJDA AT PLUS CAMERIMAGE
Friday September 16th, 2011
Andrzej Wajda is a man who needs no introduction - a film and theatre director, screenwriter, “Solidarity" social worker, philanthropist, recipient of Order of Polonia Restituta and Order of the White Eagle, member of the prestigious French Académie des Beaux-Arts. A true living legend. Born in 1926 in Suwalki, Wajda has shown artistic skills since early childhood. At first, he wanted a career in painting, but after having graduated from Krakow's Academy of Fine Arts he chose cinema - in 1953 he finished his education in National Film School in Lodz, with his head full of uncompromising ideas.
Andrzej Wajda, photo by Marcin Kułakowski, PISF
To write that Andrzej Wajda has influenced Polish cinema is like saying that Czeslaw Milosz was just a poet. As a filmmaker he was one of the founders of Polish Film School, the movement that put Polish cinema on the film map of the world. As an auteur he established a unique directing style that made all his work immediately recognizable. As an activist he actively worked for Polish Filmmakers Association (as President), Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw (as an artistic director) and “X" Film Group (as a manager). As a promoter of Polish cinema abroad he received many of the most prestigious film awards, including Cannes' Palme d'Or. American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences acknowledged his work with the honorary Oscar. As a man of the Renaissance not only did he fight for the betterment of his country, but he has also shown many young people the way to fulfill their dreams, inspiring many of them to become filmmakers. In 2001 in Warsaw he and Wojciech Marczewski established Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing (a few years later it became simply Wajda School). Its students mark their way throughout film festivals around the world. This year, at 19th Plus Camerimage, Wajda School will celebrate its 10th anniversary.
"Man of Iron"
Andrzej Wajda's list of accomplishments can fill many pages; his film work itself is a basis for many critical analyses and master's theses. And his films, both those finished, and those to come, will constantly motivate new filmmakers to try new things. Plus Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award to Polish Director is a reminder of Andrzej Wajds's artistic achievements, with the special emphasis put on the poetic, painting-like visual side of his films.
Andrzej Wajda has already been twice at our festival. It is a true honor to have him as a guest once again during 19th edition of Plus Camerimage.