“I want my modest film to reveal to the cinema audience the complicated and difficult reality of my generation.” – Andrzej Wajda on his film Ashes and Diamonds.
Born in 1926 in Suwałki, Poland, Andrzej Wajda, a film and theatre director, scriptwriter and set designer, is one of the world’s most renowned filmmakers and winner of an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000. His critically acclaimed body of work encompasses almost 6 decades of moviemaking and has often been recognized as iconic and quintessential to Polish cinema. Screenwriter, painter, theater director, author and teacher, Wajda has made over 44 films and has been nominated three times for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. In 2000 he received an Honorary Academy Award® for Lifetime Achievement, introduced by producer Robert Rehme then president of the Academy with words: By showing both the loftiest heights and the darkest depths of the European soul, he has inspired all of us to reexamine the strength of our common humanity. Wajda belongs to Poland, but his films are part of the cultural treasure of all mankind.
Wajda’s films screening at Pera Film:
Ashes and Diamonds / 15 February & 26 February
Innocent Sorcerers / 15 February & 19 February
Canal / 13 February & 15 February
The program Masters from Poland: Polish Film School continues until 27th February.