born March 6, 1926, Suwałki, Poland
Andrzej Wajda is a Polish film director. Recipient of an honorary Oscar, he is possibly the most prominent member of the unofficial „Polish Film School” (active c. 1955 to 1963). Four of his films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: The Promised Land (1975), The Maids of Wilko (1979), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyń (2007).
Academy Awards Tribute to Andrzej Wajda 2000
A major figure of world and European cinema after World War II, Wajda made his reputation as a sensitive and uncompromising chronicler of his country’s political and social evolution. Once dubbed a symbol for a besieged country, Wajda is known for drawing from Poland’s history to suit his tragic sensibility—crafting an oeuvre of work that devastates even as it informs.
Andrzej Wajda – Panny z Wilka / The Maids of Wilko Victor Ruben’s departure