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Director Andrzej Wajda death

The Polish film director Andrzej Wajda is Sunday evening and died in Krakow. To notify his family and several Polish media. He was 90 years old.

Andrzej Wajda in 2013 © REUTERS

The career of Andrzej Wajda , was characterized by the contrast between the repressive communist government in Poland and a public that yearns for freedom. In his films, he described the complex history of his country, with its history of war and the takeover of power by the communists in 1945. He won an honorary Oscar for his contributions to the cinema, and was a knight in the Order of the White Eagle, the highest award in Poland.

Already from the beginning of his career, with the films “A generation” (Pokolenie, 1955), “The sewer of horror” (Kanal, 1957) and “Ashes and diamond” (Popiol i diament, 1958), Wadja’s films regarded as masterpieces and classics of the “Polish film school”.

His most recent film, “Afterimage” (Powidoki) was recently selected as the Polish entry for the Oscars in 2017. He tells in the film the last years of the life of avant-garde painters and art theorist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who fights against the Stalinist regime. According to certain critics, the film is a metaphor for the Poland of today, that is led by the conservatives of Law and Justice (PiS). In the past, all four of his movies nominated for the Oscar for the best non-English film. Wajda was recently in the hospital and was in a artificial coma.

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