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Afterimage (Powidoki)
Afterimage (Powidoki)

AFTERIMAGE, the last film directed by Andrzej Waida and Poland’s Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards will be released in the US by Film Movement.   AFTERIMAGE will open the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s tribute to the work of Andrzej Wajda (February 9-16), and will open theatrically in NYC on May 19th at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. A national release will follow.

Andrzej Wajda passed away on October 9, 2016 in Warsaw at the age of 90, nearly a month after the world premiere of his last film, AFTERIMAGE. For more than half a century, Wajda crafted a filmography that encapsulated the essence of postwar Poland and constitutes, quite simply, one of the great legacies of world cinema. His last film is a biopic about avant-garde artist Władysław Strzemiński, who battled Stalinist orthodoxy and his own physical impairments to advance his progressive ideas about art.

Set in post-war Poland, AFTERIMAGE looks at the life of renowned painter Władysław Strzemiński (brilliantly played by Polish superstar Boguslaw Linda). Strzemiński, who worked as a professor at the National School of Fine Arts in Łódź was a great artist and co-creator of the theory of Unism. Famous before the Second World War, his students treated him like the “messiah of modern painting,” but university authorities and the Ministry of Culture had a very different opinion. Unlike artists loyal to the doctrines of socialist realism and fulfilling Party tasks, Strzemiński did not compromise his art. He refused to comply with Party regulations, and he was eventually expelled from the university and the artists’ union. Strzemiński’s students continued to support him, visiting him for private lectures, penning his Theory of Vision, and listening to his critique of their work. But jobless Strzemiński, impaired due to a missing arm and leg, soon fell into poverty and poor health as the Communist authorities remain persistent in their actions to ruin him.

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