Andrzej Wajda

1926 – 2016

Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016)

Awards

2009
Alfred Baure Award for “Sweet Rush” at the Internation Film Festival in Berlin
2006
Honorary Golden Bear at the International Film Festival in Berlin

2001
Commander’s Cross of Legion d’Honneur of the French Republic; German Great Cross of the Order of  Merit; Doctor Honoris Causa of the Moscow Theatre Academy (GITIS)

2000
Honorary Academy Oscar® Award for Lifetime Achievement – Polish Film Awards for Lifetime Achievement

1999
Freedom Award for film-making and for “unparalleled commitment to freedom” at the Freedom Film Festival in Berlin – Crystal Iris Award at the Brussels International Film Festival for the quality of the recipient’s cinematographic work

1998
Career Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival for life achievement and outstanding contribution to the histor of the cinema – Minister of Art and Culture Award for films; title of Honorary Citizen of the City of Lodz

1997
Best Director Award for “Miss Nothing”  at the 13th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN TROI, Portugal

1996
Silver Bear Berlin for lifetime achievement

1990
European Felix Award for life achievement

1982
France’s Legion d’Honneur; Onassis Foundation Award for work for human rights and dignity – Won ALFS Award at London Critics Circle Film Awards: Director of the Year – Nominated Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film

1981
Doctor Honoris Causa of the American University in Washington – Palme d’Or and Ecumenical Jury Award at the CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL for “Man of Iron“- New York Film Critics Circle Awards for the artistry and independent spirit demonstrated in his films

1978
Luchino Visconti Award at the David di Donatello Awards

Bio

Born on the 6th of March 1926 in Suwalki, Poland. Film and theatre director, script writer and set designer. A student of Cracow’s Academy of Fine Arts from 1946 to 1949, Andrzej Wajda graduated from the National Higher School of Film (emphasis Directing) in 1953, to make his debut movie, “Generation” (Pokolenie) in 1955, followed by “Canal” (Kanal) (1957) – Special Jury Award at the Cannes IFF and “Ashes and Diamonds” (Popiol i diament) (1958) – Jury and FIPRESCI Award at the Venice IFF. These last two films earned Wajda the reputation as a leading director of the new generation in Europe, and initiated the famous Polish School of film-making. Wajda’s first colour film, “Lotna“, was made in 1959.

In 1962 he directed two foreign productions: the Yugoslavian-made “Siberian Lady Macbeth” (Sibirska Ledi Magbet) and a French and German co-production “Love at Twenty” (L’amour a Vingt Ans).

Wajda’s next film, “Ashes” (Popioly) (1965), based on a novel by Stefan Zeromski, triggered off the biggest ever debate in Wajda’s ten-year film-making career.

In 1975 Wajda made the Oscar-nominated “The Promised Land” (Ziemie obiecana). This movie, based on a novel by Wladyslaw Reymont, has been one of Wajda’s top cinematic achievements.

Originator and lecturer of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, established in 2002.

Filmography

2016 Afterimage (Powidoki)
2013 Walesa, Man of Hope (Walesa. Człowiek z nadziei)
2009 Sweet Rush (Tatarak)
– Alfred Bauer Award for Andrzej Wajda at the International Film Festival in Berlin, ’09
2007 Katyń
– 2008 Nominated Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film
2002 The Revenge (Zemsta)
1999 Pan Tadeusz
1995 Holy Week (Wielki tydzień)
– Nominated for the Golden Bear Award, Berlin 1996
1990 Korczak
1988 Les Possedes
– Nominated for the Golden Bear Berlin, 1988
1983 Danton –  BAFTA Film Award: Best Foreign Language Film; Cesar Award fo the “Best Film” of the French Academy of Film Art and Technology, France; Prix Louis Delluc, France; 1984 –  Critics Circle Film Awards: Director of the Year, ALFS Award London; Critics Award at Polish Film Festival, Poland
1981 Man of ron (Człowiek z zelaża)
– Golden Palm and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes Film Festival
1980 The Orchestra Conductor (Dyrygent)
– Nominated for the Golden Bear;  FIPRESCI Prize & OCIC Award at San Sebastian Film Festival
1979 The Young Ladies of Wilko (Panny z Wilka)
– Special Jury Award at Polish Film Festival, Poland; 1980 – Academy Awards Nomination fo the Best Foreign Language Film
1978 Without Anesthesia (Bez znieczulenia)
– Golden Lion at Polish Film Festival, Poland; 1979 -Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes Film Festival; Nomination for the Golden Palm Award
1977 Man of Marble (Człowiek z marmuru)’
– Critics Award at the Polish Film Festival, Poland; 1978 – FIPRESCI Award at Cannes Film Festival
1976 The Shadow Line (Smuga cienie)
– Silver Lion at the Polish Film Festival, Poland
1975 The Promised Land (Ziemia obiecana)
– Golden Prize at Moscow International Film Festival; Golden Lion at Polish Film Festival, Poland; 1976 – Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; Golden Spike at Valladolid Film Festival
1973 The Wedding (Wesele)
-Silver Seashell at San Sebastian Film Festival
1970 The Birchwood (Brzezina)
– Golden Prize at Moscow International Film Festival, 1971
1969 Hunting Flies (Polowanie na muchy)
– Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival
1968 Gates to Paradise
– Nominated for the Golden Bear, Berlin IFF
1965 The Ashes (Popioły)
– Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival. ’66
1961 Samson
– Nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival
1962 Love at Twenty (L’Amur a vingt ans)
– Nominated  for the Golden Bear at the IFF in Berlin
1958 Ashes and Diamonds (Popiół i diament)
– FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice Film Festival, ’59; Nominated for the BAFTA Film Award – Best Film from any Source, ’60
1957 Canal (Kanał)
– Jury Special Prize at Cannes Film Festival; Nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival
1955 A Generation (Pokolenie)