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Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda

Oscar-Winning Polish Film Director Andrzej Wajda died on Sunday night, reportedly of lung failure after being in a medically induced coma for days. He was 90.

His death was confirmed by the Polish Filmmakers’ Association.

We received the very sad news. An outstanding film and theater director, honorary president of SFP, died on Sunday 9 October. He was 90 years. Kultura cinema was issued a book of condolence.

First of all, he was one of the greatest Polish artists, the most famous in the world. Poland was his passion like no other director could in an artistic way to process about – said Jacek Bromski, president of the SFP, in an interview with TVN24. – He was our rock around it, all the groups. He was always present in the life of the film community as president of the Association of Filmmakers. He was on all of our celebrations, supported us, he was a mentor, a teacher, unsurpassed.

 Four of Andrzej Wajda’s films – The Promised Land, The Maids of Wilko, Man of Iron, and Katyn) – have been nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for best foreign language film;  in 2000, he received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Man of Iron also won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981.

Wajda’s last film Afterimage  (Powidoki), was recently chosen as Poland’s official entry for the best foreign language film at the 2017 Oscars.

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