Poland Cinema in focus: In memory of Andrzej Wajda - the late great director of Poland

Almost two years after the death of Andrzej Wajda, the Polish film lovers mourned the talented director. He’s considered to be the great monument of modern Polish art, and one of the world's leading directors, with many awards. He himself also won many prizes, prestigious titles in major film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice. This year, at the V Ha noi International Film Festival, Poland has brought 10 films in the Programe Polish Film in Focus, in which, there are three films of director Andrzej Wajda.

Andrzej Wajda's life is associated with cinema for more than 60 years.
He was born on March 6th 1926 and died October 9th 2016. He is a famous Polish director of theater and cinema. Andrzej Wajda was born in Suwalki, Poland.

His turbulent, chaotic life was associated with the Polish history at that time, with the second world war that Poland was also one of the fierce battles.
His father, Jakub Wajda, a military officer was killed in the Katyn massacre in 1940. He was just 14 years old then. These experiences gave him the motivation and practical experience of making world-famous cinematographic works.


Director Andrzej Wajda (photo: Łukasz Ostalski)

Started making films in 1955, with his debut film A Generation, by the time he died, Andrzej Wajda had made a career in filmmaking for over 60 years and more than 50 films. Many of them were inspired by history, from real characters along the length of Polish history.
There are many award-winning films at prestigious international film festivals such as Kanal's Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival (1957); Promised land won the Golden Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival (1975); Man of Iron won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival; in 1981, the film The Possessed made in France was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival; Holy week won the Silver Bear Award at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival; Miss Nobody won the honor prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1997 ...

Andrzej Wajda himself, with more than 60 years of dedication to Polish cinema, as well as world cinema, has received many noble prizes that many filmmakers in the world are aiming for.
In 2000, Andrzej Wajda received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for his dedication to cinema. Earlier, he won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1998. In 2006, he was awarded the Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival.

In addition, he has achieved many other achievements and honors in his film career. Krystyna Janda, the famous Polish actress and director, once shared to the press: "Andrzej Wajda has taught us the love for nation. His films are full of emotions, he made films with all his heart. "

Remember the talented director

The fifth Vietnam International Film Festival will be an opportunity for Vietnamese audiences to express their gratitude to the late Director Andrzej Wajda, after his two years of death (October 2016 – October 2018). At this Festival, there are three of his works, in the total of 10 Poland films: Ashes and Diamonds, Promised Land, and Tatarak.


Poster of Ashes and Diamonds of Poland

Ashes and Diamonds was produced in 1958. The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Polish writer - Jerzy Andrzjewski. Ashes and Diamonds is the last film in a series of 3 films about the war of director Andrzej Wajda. Along with the previous two films: A Generation and Kanal, Ashes and Diamonds was set in Poland in May 1945, with political instability as soon as World War II ended, Germany surrendered.
The people in a small town were starting a new life, but there were also political inconsistencies. Featured in the film is the task of assassinate Szczuka-a communist member of Maciek and Andrzej.
Ashes and Diamonds is considered to be one of the great masterpieces of Polish cinema and the most authentic Polish film.

Two characters in Promised land (photo: Polfilm / East News)

Promised land was completed in 1975, based on the novel of the same name by writer Władysław Reymont.
Set in Lodz, an industrial city of Poland,    when capitalism was rampant, the three friends: a young Polish nobleman, a German inherited a craft factory and an independent Jewish businessman decided to work together to build a textile factory. However, the process of founding their own factory was extremely difficult and costly not only their marriage, but also the matter of morality.

Promised Land won the Golden Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1975 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1976.


Scene in Tatarak (photo: Fabryka Obrazu)

Tatarak was released in 2009. Inspired by various sources: Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz's Tatarak novel, the story of Nagłe wezwanie (The Sudden Call) by Sándor Marai, and the painting by painter Edward Hopper, director Andrzej Wajda decided to make the film.

The film tells the story of a young woman who lost two children in a Warsaw attack. She felt that her daily life was very lonely and tasteless.
Until one day, things changed when she caught Bogus.
This film was directed by Director Andrzej Wajda dedicated to Edward Klosinki, a filmmaker and his close colleague, who died earlier of cancer. Tatarak brought him the Alfred Bauer Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009.
 
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