The Orchestra Director

Dyrygent, 1980, 102 min.

The Orchestra Conductor (1980)


FIPRESCI AWARD at the International Film Festival in San Sebastian

“Silver Bear” for Andrzej Seweryn for the best male role 
at the International Film Festival in Berlin

“Gold Seal” at the FEST-80 in Belgrade


Director Andrzej Wajda
Screenplay Andrzej Kijowski
Cinematography Slawomir Idziak
Non.Original Music Ludwig van Beethoven (Fifth Symphony)
Art Direction Allan Starski


John Lasocki Sir John Gielgud
Marta Krystyna Janda
Adam Pietryk, Marta’s Husband Andrzej Seweryn
Marta’s Father Jan Ciecierski
Marysia Maria Seweryn


A famous Polish-born conductor (Sir John Gielgud) returns to his birthplace after 50 years of living in the U.S. A dying man, he decides to work with a struggling provincial orchestra, much to the dismay of their own conductor. But the conductor finds himself being used in government schemes to take advantage of his return.