A Tribute to Andrzej Wajda


Feb 09

The Film Society of Lincoln Center in partnership
with The Polish Cultural Institute New York present


Andrzej Wajda passed away on October 9, 2016 in Warsaw at the age of 90, less than a month after the world premiere of his final film, Afterimage. For more than half a century, Wajda crafted a cinematic style that encapsulated the essence of postwar Poland and has become, simply put, one of the great legacies of world cinema. No single look or strategy characterizes his films. His work often employed intricately illuminated deep spaces as well as looser methods inspired by cinéma vérité.


Much of his work served as a counter to the officially sanctioned narratives of Communist Poland. Others were more oblique and meditative as they reckoned with concepts including individualism, one's duty toward others, and the meaning of freedom. "A Tribute to Andrzej Wajda" will include a selection of the influential Polish director's films in celebration of his monumental life's work. It will include his acclaimed "war trilogy": A Generation (his first feature), Kanał, and Ashes and Diamonds. Also featured will be Man of Marble, his political treatise on the Solidarity movement, and its Palme d'Or-winning sequel Man of Iron; The Conductor, his first U.S.-shot film; Rough Treatment and more. Headlining the series is the New York premiere of Afterimage, an impassioned memorial to the great avant-garde artist Władysław Strzemiński.