Jerzy Kawalerowicz

1922 – 2007

Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1922-2007)

Winner of numerus state awards and prizes at festivals.

 Doctor Honoris Causa of the New Sorbonne in Paris
and the State College of Film, Theather and Television in Łódź.


Film director and screenwriter. He studied at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts (1946-1949) and completed a Film-Making Course. He made his debut as an independent director with “Cellulose” (Celuloza). Artistic director of the KADR Production Studio since 1956, which has made many famous films. In the 1980, he lectured in the Łódź Film School. The president of the Association of Polish Film-Makers (4 times), Honorary President until his death in 2007.


2011 Qou Vadis
– The Eagle Polish Film Award 2002:
Best Costume Design for Magdalena Biernawska-Teslawska, and Pawel Grabarczyk, Best Production Design for Janusz Sosnowski,
Best Supporting Actor for Jerzy Trela
1995 Why? (Za chto?)
1990  Bronstein’s Children (Bronstein Kinder)
1989  Hostage of Europe (Jeńcy Europy)
1983 Austeria
– Golden Lion at the Polish Film Festival , Gdansk 1984
1980  Chance Meeting on the Atlantic (Spotkanie na Atlantyku)
1978 Death of a President (Śmierć Prezydenta)
– Silver Berlin Bear for Outstending Single Achievement for Jerzy Kawalerowicz at the  Berlin IFF 1978;
– Polish Film Festival Gdansk 1977: Special Jury Prize for Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Best Sound for Jerzy Blaszynski;
– 1st Prize at the Cadiz IFF;
– The Press Award at the Gandave IFF;
– The Critics Award at the Cordoba IFF
1971  Maddalena
1968  The Game (Gra)
1966  Paraoh (Faraon)
– Nominated for Oscar in 1967 in the Best Foreign Language Film Category and in 1966 for Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival
1961  Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od Aniołow)
– Nominated for Golden Palm and Jury Special Prize at Cannes Film Festival 1961;
– The Prize at the Oberhausen IFF;
1959 The Night Train (Pociąg)
– Premio Evrotecnica at the VENICE IFF
1957  Real End of the Great War (Prawdziwy koniec wielkiej wojny)
1956  Shadow (Cień)
– Nominated for Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival 1956;
– The Polish Film Critics Award
1954 Celullose (Celuloza)
1954  Under the Phrygian Star (Pod gwiazdą frygijską)
– Special Prize at the IFF Karlovy Var
1952  The Village Mill (Gromada)
– Prize at the IFF in Karlovy Vary