Andrzej Wajda is a true icon of Polish cinematography. His works form the basis of Polish cinema. They often portray the Polish nation in difficult times of their history while becoming part of this history themselves. Wajda’s frequently referenced works laid the foundations of some of the most significant chapters of Polish cinema, the Polish Film School and the Cinema of Moral Unrest. Our retrospective will, however, focus on the other, rather a poetic part of his production: perceptive adaptations of crucial Polish (Reymont, Mickiewicz, Wyspiański, Iwaszkiewicz) and world authors (Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, Conrad) with the recognition of various inspirational painters (Malczewski, Tetmajer, Matejko, Hopper). Although the majority of Wajda’s films will be excluded, we will cover those that substantially add to his genuine portrait.
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