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ANDRZEJ WAJDA
ANDRZEJ WAJDA

March 6, 1926 - October 9, 2016

Born on the 6th of March 1926 in Suwalki, Poland. Film and theatre director, script writer and set designer. A student of Cracow's Academy of Fine Arts from 1946 to 1949, Andrzej Wajda graduated from the National Higher School of Film (emphasis Directing) in 1953, to make his debut movie, "Generation" (Pokolenie) in 1955, followed by "Canal" (Kanal) (1957) - Special Jury Award at the Cannes IFF and "ASHES AND DIAMONDS" (Popilo i diament) (1958) - Jury and FIPRESCI Award at the Venice IFF. These last two films earned Wajda the reputation as a leading director of the new generation in Europe, and initiated the famous Polish School of film-making. Wajda's FIRST colour film, "LOTNA", was made in 1959.

In 1962 he directed two foreign productions: the Yugoslavian-made "Siberian Lady Macbeth" (Sibirska Ledi Magbet) and a French and German co-production "Love at Twenty" (L’amour a Vingt Ans).
Wajda's next film, "Ashes" (Popioly) (1965), based on a novel by Stefan Zeromski, triggered off the biggest ever debate in Wajda's ten-year film-making career.
In 1975 Wajda made the Oscar-nominated "Promised Land" (Ziemie obiecana). This movie, based on a novel by Wladyslaw Reymont, has been one of Wajda's top cinematic achievements.                                                           Originator and lecturer of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, established in 2002.

2009 - Alfred Baure Award for "SWEET RUSH" at the Internation Film Festival in Berlin
2006 - Honorary Golden Bear at the International Film Festival in Berlin
2001 - Commander's Cross of Legion d'Honneur of the French Republic; German Great Cross of the Order of           Merit; Doctor Honoris Causa of the Moscow Theatre Academy (GITIS);
2000 - Honorary Academy Oscar® Award for Lifetime Achievement - Polish Film Awards for Lifetime Achievement

1999 - Freedom Award for film-making and for "unparalleled commitment to freedom" at the Freedom                            Film Festival in Berlin - Crystal Iris Award at the Brussels International Film Festival for the quality of the recipient's cinematographic work

1998 - Career Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival for life achievement and outstanding contribution to the histor  of the cinema - Minister of Art and Culture Award for films; title of Honorary Citizen of the City of Lodz
1997 - Best Director Award for MISS NOTHING at the 13th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN TROI, Portugal
1996 - Silver Bear Berlin for lifetime achievement
1990 - European Felix Award for life achievement
1982 - France's Legion d'Honneur; Onassis Foundation Award for work for human rights and dignity - Won ALFS Award at London Critics Circle Film Awards: Director of the Year - Nominated Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
1981 - Doctor Honoris Causa of the American University in Washington - Palme d'Or and Ecumenical Jury Award at the CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL for MAN OF IRON- New York Film Critics Circle Awards for the artistry and independent spirit demonstrated in his films
1978 - Luchino Visconti Award at the David di Donatello Awards

 

 


2016AFTERIMAGE (Powidoki)
2013WALESA. MAN OF HOPE (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei)
2009SWEET RUSH (Tatarak) - Alfred Bauer Award for Andrzej Wajda at the International Film Festival in Berlin, '09
2007KATYN - 2008 Nominated Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film
2002THE REVANGE (Zemsta)
1999PAN TADEUSZ
1995HOLY WEEK (Wielki tydzien) 1996 - Nominated Golden Bear Berlin
1990KORCZAK
1988LES POSSEDES - Nominated Golden Bear Berlin
1983DANTON - Won BAFTA Film Award: Best Foreign Language Film; Won Cesar Awards "Best Film" of the French Academy of Film Art and Technology, France; Won Prix Louis Delluc, France; 1984 - Won Critics Circle Film Awards: Director of the Year, ALFS Award London; Won Critics Award at Polish Film Festival, Poland
1981MAN OF IRON (Czlowiek z zelaza) - Won Golden Palm and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes Film Festival
1980THE ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR (Dyrygent -) Nominated Golden Bear; Won FIPRESCI Prize & OCIC Award at San Sebastian Film Festival
1979THE YOUNG LADIES OF WILKO (Panny z Wilka) - Won Special Jury Award at Polish Film Festival, Poland; 1980 Nominated Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film
1978WITHOUT ANESTHESIA (Bez znieczulenia) - Won Golden Lion at Polish Film Festival, Poland; 1979 - Won Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes Film Festival; Nominated Golden Palm
1977MAN OF MARBLE (Czlowiek z marmuru) - Won Critics Award and Polish Film Festival, Poland; 1978 - Won FIPRESCI Price at Cannes Film Festival
1976THE SHADOW LINE (Smuga cienie) - Won Silver Lion at Polish Film Festival, Poland
1975THE PROMISED LAND (Ziemia obiecana) - Won Golden Prize at Moscow International Film Festival; Won Golden Lion at Polish Film Festival, Poland; 1976 - Nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film; Won Golden Spike at Valladolid Film Festival
1973THE WEDDING (Wesele) - Won Silver Seashell at San Sebastian Film Festival
1970THE BIRCHWOOD (Brzezina) - Won Golden Prize at Moscow International Film Festival, 1971
1970LANDSCAPE AFTER BATTLE (Krajobraz po bitwie) - Nominated Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival
1969HUNTING FLIES (Polowanie na muchy) - Nominated Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival
1968GATES TO PARADISE - Nominated Golden Berlin Bear
1965THE ASHES (Popioly) - Nominated Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival. '66
1961SAMSON - Nominated Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival
1962LOVE AT TWENTY (L’Amur a vingt ans) - Nominated Golden Berlin Bear
1958ASHES AND DIAMONDS (Popiol i diament) - Won FIPRESCI Prize at Venice Film Festival, '59; Nominated BAFTA Film Award - Best Film from any Source, '60
1957CANAL (Kanal) - Won Jury Special Prize at Cannes Film Festival; Nominated Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival
1955A GENERATION (Pokolenie)
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