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Andrzej Wajda

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Polish director known for his trilogy of war films: A Era from 1954, Kanal from 1956, and Ashes and Gemstones from 1958. He became a member of the Polish level of resistance in 1942 and offered in the Armia Krajowa. He was nominated for an Academy Honor for Best SPANISH Film many times for The Guaranteed Property from 1975, The Maids of Wilko from 1979, Man of Iron from 1981, and Katyń from 2007. His dad was murdered from the Soviets in 1940 in that which was referred to as the Katyn massacre. His 2002 humor Revenge featured movie director Roman Polanski as an acting professional.

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Full Name Andrzej Wajda
Date Of Birth March 6, 1926
Died October 9, 2016, Warsaw, Poland
Place Of Birth Poland
Profession Director
Education National Film School in Lódz, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts
Nationality Polish
Spouse Krystyna Zachwatowicz, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Zofia Zuchowska, Gabriela Obremba
Children Karolina Wajda
Parents Jakub Wajda, Aniela Wajda
Siblings Leszek Wajda
Awards Palme d'Or, Academy Honorary Award, Cannes Jury Prize, Polish Academy Award for Best Film, César Award for Best Director, Polish Academy Life Achievement Award, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, Honorary César, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Louis Delluc Prize, European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, BAFTA Fellowship, European Film Discovery Award - Prix Fipresci, Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award, London Film Critics' Circle Award for Director of the Year, David di Donatello Luchino Visconti Award, Jussi Award for Best Foreign Filmmaker
Nominations Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Lion, Polish Academy Audience Award, Polish Academy Award for Best Director, Grand Jury Prize, César Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Film, César Award for Best Foreign Film, Polish Academy Award for Best Screenplay, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Director
Movies Katyn, Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Iron, Kanal, Afterimage, Man of Marble, The Promised Land, A Generation, Danton, Walesa: Man of Hope, The Maids of Wilko, Pan Tadeusz, Korczak, Innocent Sorcerers, Everything for Sale, The Ashes, The Conductor, Landscape After the Battle, Sweet Rush, The Revenge, Without Anesthesia, Holy Week, The Birch Wood, A Love in Germany, Lotna, The Wedding, Siberian Lady Macbeth, The Possessed, Hunting Flies, Miss Nobody, Pilate and Others, Gates to Paradise, Chronicle of Amorous Accidents, Nastasja, The Shadow Line, Love at Twenty, Pierscionek z orlem w koronie, Samson, Przekladaniec, The Condemnation of Franciszek Klos, Broken Silence, The Bad Boy, Solidarnosc, Solidarnosc..., Interrogation, Quiet Is the Night, Towards the Sun, The French as Seen by..., Noc czerwcowa, Bigda idzie!, The Lesson of Polish Cinema, Krec! Jak kochasz, to krec!
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#Fact
1Directed stage plays at the Sovremennik Theatre in Moscow.
2Luis Buñuel was the director who inspired him most at the beginning of his career.
3Father of actress Karolina Wajda.
4Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 50th Berlin International Film Festival in 2000.
5Donated his Honorary Academy Award to the Jagiellonian University Museum in Cracow, Poland.
6Father was an officer in the Polish army, born around 1900. His mother worked as a teacher at Ukrainian school. After his promotion they moved to Suwalki where Andrzej was born. His father was one of thousands of captured Polish officers executed by the Russian KGB after the German invasion of Poland in the infamous Katyn Forest massacre.
7Considered the most seminal Polish director, responsible for leading the "Polish school" of filmmaking, recognized after "the political thaw" of 1956.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Powidoki2016attached
Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei2013
Makbet2010TV Movie
Krec! Jak kochasz, to krec!2010Documentary
Tatarak2009
Katyn2007
Solidarnosc, Solidarnosc...2005segment "Man of Hope"
The Revenge2002
Noc czerwcowa2002TV Movie
Lekcja polskiego kina2002Documentary
Wyrok na Franciszka Klosa2000TV Movie
Bigda idzie!1999TV Movie
Pan Tadeusz1999
Panna Nikt1996
Wielki tydzien1995
Nastazja1994
Pierscionek z orlem w koronie1992
Schuld und Sühne1992TV Movie
Korczak1990
Les possédés1988
Les Français vus par1988TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Kronika wypadków milosnych1986
A Love in Germany1983
Danton1983
Man of Iron1981
Z biegiem lat, z biegiem dni...1980TV Series
The Conductor1980
'Pogoda domu niechaj bedzie z Toba...'1979Documentary short
Panny z Wilka1979
Zaproszenie do wnetrza1978Documentary
Bez znieczulenia1978
Czlowiek z marmuru1977
Umarla klasa1977TV Movie documentary
Smuga cienia1976
The Promised Land1975
Wesele1973
Pilatus und andere - Ein Film für Karfreitag1972TV Movie
Brzezina1970
Landscape After Battle1970
Polowanie na muchy1969
Wszystko na sprzedaz1969
Gates to Paradise1968
Przekladaniec1968TV Movie
The Ashes1965
Siberian Lady Macbeth1962
Love at Twenty1962segment "Warsaw"
Samson1961
Niewinni czarodzieje1960
Lotna1959
Ashes and Diamonds1958
Kanal1957
Ide do slonca1955Documentary short
Pokolenie1955
Kiedy ty spisz1952Documentary short
Ceramika ilzecka1951Documentary short
Zly chlopiec1950Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Powidoki2016idea
Krec! Jak kochasz, to krec!2010Documentary
Tatarak2009screenplay
Katyn2007screenplay
Solidarnosc, Solidarnosc...2005segment "Man of Hope"
The Revenge2002
Lekcja polskiego kina2002Documentary
Wyrok na Franciszka Klosa2000TV Movie
Bigda idzie!1999TV Movie adaptation
Pan Tadeusz1999writer
Wielki tydzien1995
Nastazja1994
Pierscionek z orlem w koronie1992
Schuld und Sühne1992TV Movie
Les possédés1988writer
Kronika wypadków milosnych1986screenplay
A Love in Germany1983scenario
Danton1983in collaboration with
Zaproszenie do wnetrza1978Documentary writer
Bez znieczulenia1978writer
Umarla klasa1977TV Movie documentary
Smuga cienia1976
The Promised Land1975
Pilatus und andere - Ein Film für Karfreitag1972TV Movie scenario
Pierwsza milosc1971TV Short screenplay
Brzezina1970
Landscape After Battle1970
Wszystko na sprzedaz1969writer
Samson1961
Lotna1959writer
Ashes and Diamonds1958screenplay
Ide do slonca1955Documentary short
Trzy opowiesci1953writer
Kiedy ty spisz1952Documentary short
Ceramika ilzecka1951Documentary short
Zly chlopiec1950Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Przesluchanie1982executive producer
Zajecia dydaktyczne1980TV Movie executive producer
Kobieta i kobieta1980executive producer
Czlowiek z marmuru1977producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
European Film Awards2016TV MovieHonorary Award 2016
Pilatus und andere - Ein Film für Karfreitag1972TV MovieReporter (uncredited)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broken Silence2002TV Mini-Series documentary consultant: directing
Cmentarz Remu1961Documentary short directing advisor

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Five from Barska Street1954assistant director

Costume Designer

Costume Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pilatus und andere - Ein Film für Karfreitag1972TV Movie

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pilatus und andere - Ein Film für Karfreitag1972TV Movie

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Komeda: A Soundtrack for a Life2010Documentary with special thanks to
Rosemary's Music: I Remember Komeda2006Short the producers and director wish to thank
In the Shadow of Hollywood2000Documentary thanks
Schindler's List1993the producers wish to thank

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Red RoofsDocumentary filmingHimself
Wajda by Wajda2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nonfiction W2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Komeda: A Soundtrack for a Life2010DocumentaryHimself
Spur der Bären2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Zylem 17 razy2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 2009 European Film Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Fipresci Prize
Días de cine2009TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Der Sommer 19392009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Fabulous Picture Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Andrzej Wajda: Róbmy zdjecie!2009DocumentaryHimself
Ce soir (ou jamais!)2009TV SeriesHimself
Tatarak2009Himself
Rosemary's Music: I Remember Komeda2006ShortHimself
Solidarnosc, Solidarnosc...2005Himself (episode 'Man of Hope')
Andrzej Wajda: On Becoming a Filmmaker2005Video documentary shortHimself
Andrzej Wajda: On Kanal2005Video documentary shortHimself
Andrzej Wajda: On Ashes and Diamonds2005Video documentary shortHimself
Knife in the Water: A Ticket to the West2003Video documentary shortHimself
Lekcja polskiego kina2002DocumentaryHimself
In the Shadow of Hollywood2000DocumentaryHimself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Honorary Award
Ostatnie zdjecia2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Wit Stwosz to ja - Tadeusz Kantor1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bareizm1997DocumentaryHimself
Miedzy dzwiekiem a cisza. Wspomnienie o Witoldzie Lutoslawskim1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Wspomnienie o Aleksandrze Fordzie1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The European Film Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Sygnowane Andrzej Wajda1989DocumentaryHimself
Bains de minuit1988TV SeriesHimself
La nuit des Césars1982TV Series documentaryHimself - César d'honneur
The Bafta Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Honorary Award
Andrzej Wajda1978DocumentaryHimself
Bez znieczulenia1978Himself (uncredited)
Zdjecia próbne1977Himself
Pan Dziad z lira1972Documentary shortHimself
Na planie1969Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir2011DocumentaryHimself
Gilles Jacob: CIitizen Cannes2010TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Special Jury PrizePolish Film FestivalOut of CompetitionPowidoki (2016)
2014Bridging the Borders AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalWalesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (2013)
2013Persol AwardVenice Film Festival
2011Lifetime Achievement Award for DirectingCamerimage
2009Alfred Bauer AwardBerlin International Film FestivalTatarak (2009)
2009FIPRESCI PrizeEuropean Film AwardsTatarak (2009)
2009Golden GlobeGolden Globes, ItalyBest European Film (Miglior Film Europeo)Katyn (2007)
200920th Anniversary European Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
2009Special MentionSannio FilmFestKatyn (2007)
2008Audience AwardLjubljana International Film FestivalKatyn (2007)
2008EaglePolish Film AwardsBest Film (Najlepszy Film)Katyn (2007)
2008Honorary AwardSeville European Film Festival
2008Audience AwardWashington DC FilmfestKatyn (2007)
2006Honorary Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film Festival
2003Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsTelevision & CableBroken Silence (2002)· Pavel Chukhray (director, writer)
· János Szász (director, writer)
· Vojtech Jasný (director, writer)
· Luis Puenzo (director)
· Marcel Lozinski (director)
· James Moll (producer)
· Anya Verkhovskaya (co-producer)
· John Ballon (co-producer)
· Christopher Pavlick (co-producer)
· Lew Rywin (executive producer)
· Andrew G. Vajna (executive producer)
· Steven Spielberg (series executive producer)
· Sheila Nevins (Cinemax Reel Life executive producer)
2000Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USAFor five decades of extraordinary film direction (Oscar statuette).
2000Life Achievement AwardPolish Film Awards
1999Crystal IrisBrussels International Film Festival
1998Career Golden LionVenice Film Festival
1996Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalFor his lifetime contribution to the art of cinema.
1990Lifetime Achievement AwardEuropean Film Awards
1984BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmDanton (1983)· Margaret Ménégoz
· Barbara Pec-Slesicka
1984ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearDanton (1983)
1984Critics AwardPolish Film FestivalDanton (1983)
1984Silver Medallion AwardTelluride Film Festival, US
1983CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Director (Meilleur réalisateur)Danton (1983)
1982Academy FellowshipBAFTA Awards
1982Honorary CésarCésar Awards, France
1982ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearCzlowiek z zelaza (1981)
1982Prix Louis DellucPrix Louis DellucDanton (1983)
1981Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalCzlowiek z zelaza (1981)
1981Prize of the Ecumenical JuryCannes Film FestivalCzlowiek z zelaza (1981)
1981Special AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsCzlowiek z marmuru (1977)
1980FIPRESCI PrizeSan Sebastián International Film FestivalDyrygent (1980)
1980OCIC AwardSan Sebastián International Film FestivalDyrygent (1980)
1979Prize of the Ecumenical JuryCannes Film FestivalBez znieczulenia (1978)
1979Special Jury PrizePolish Film FestivalPanny z Wilka (1979)
1978FIPRESCI PrizeCannes Film FestivalCzlowiek z marmuru (1977)
1978Luchino Visconti AwardDavid di Donatello Awards
1978Golden LionPolish Film FestivalBez znieczulenia (1978)
1977Critics AwardPolish Film FestivalCzlowiek z marmuru (1977)
1976Silver LionPolish Film FestivalSmuga cienia (1976)
1976Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalZiemia obiecana (1975)
1975Golden PrizeMoscow International Film FestivalZiemia obiecana (1975)
1975Golden LionPolish Film FestivalZiemia obiecana (1975)
1973BambiBambi AwardsTV DirectingPilatus und andere - Ein Film für Karfreitag (1972)
1973Silver SeashellSan Sebastián International Film FestivalWesele (1973)
1971Golden PrizeMoscow International Film FestivalBrzezina (1970)
1963JussiJussi AwardsForeign Film
1959FIPRESCI PrizeVenice Film FestivalPopiól i diament (1958)
1957Jury Special PrizeCannes Film FestivalKanal (1957)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Silver CondorArgentinean Film Critics Association AwardsBest Foreign Film, Not in the Spanish Language (Mejor Película Extranjera)Katyn (2007)
2009Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalTatarak (2009)
2009Czech LionCzech LionsBest Foreign Language Film (Nejlepsí zahranicní film)Katyn (2007)
2009Golden CapitalSannio FilmFestBest DirectorKatyn (2007)
2009Golden CapitalSannio FilmFestBest PictureKatyn (2007)
2008EaglePolish Film AwardsBest Director (Najlepsza Rezyseria)Katyn (2007)
2004Golden DolphinFestróia - Tróia International Film FestivalZemsta (2002)
2003EaglePolish Film AwardsBest Director (Najlepsza Rezyseria)Zemsta (2002)
2000EaglePolish Film AwardsBest Director (Najlepsza Rezyseria)Pan Tadeusz (1999)
2000EaglePolish Film AwardsBest Screenplay (Najlepszy Scenariusz)Pan Tadeusz (1999)
1999Life Achievement AwardPolish Film Awards
1997Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalPanna Nikt (1996)
1997Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalPanna Nikt (1996)
1996Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalWielki tydzien (1995)
1988Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalLes possédés (1988)
1983Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureDanton (1983)
1983CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Film (Meilleur film)Danton (1983)
1983Golden LionVenice Film FestivalEine Liebe in Deutschland (1983)
1982CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Czlowiek z zelaza (1981)
1981Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureCzlowiek z zelaza (1981)
1980Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalDyrygent (1980)
1979Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalBez znieczulenia (1978)
1979Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureBez znieczulenia (1978)
1970Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalKrajobraz po bitwie (1970)
1969Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalPolowanie na muchy (1969)
1968Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalGates to Paradise (1968)
1966Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalPopioly (1965)
1962Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalL'amour à vingt ans (1962)· François Truffaut
· Renzo Rossellini
· Shintarô Ishihara
· Marcel Ophüls
1961Golden LionVenice Film FestivalSamson (1961)
1960BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Film from any SourcePopiól i diament (1958)
1957Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalKanal (1957)


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