Magdalena Lazarkiewicz, screenwriter and film director. She studied cultural knowledge at the University of Wroclaw (graduated in 1976). In 1977-1978, she was the literary director of the Jaracz Theatre in Olsztyn. In 1982 she graduated from the Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia in Katowice. During her film studies she worked as assistant to Andrzej Wajda and her film debut came from under her professor Krzysztof Kieslowski’s patronage and since then has been drawn to various social topics. Since 2011 artistic director of IFF “Jewish Motives” in Warsaw.
She won the Grand Prix at the 1986 Creteil International Women’s Film Festival for By Touch (Przez dotyk) and special Jury Prize at the 1992 Gdynia Polish Film Festival for Departure (Odjazd) shared with her husband Piotr Lazarkiewicz.