We honour the memory of Andrzej Wajda, who died in March at the age of 90, by screening his final work, Afterimage, that ended the Polish giant´s career that spanned over sixty years and almost as many films.
Afterimage is the most fitting work for Wajda´s testament: a poignant film that touches on Polish history and the relations of art and political power. It is about the fate of an artist and art professor in post-war Llodz, where Wajda studied film at that time.
Boguslaw Linda plays a coarsely charismatic Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who rose to the front row of Polish art in the 1920´s. The avant-gardist has come to a conflict with the demands of socialist realism and the bureaucrats of the communist party. His students nevertheless continue supporting their target of worship, the teacher that has been injured in the war, even though he is slowly losing everything; his job and apartment, wife, 14-year-old daughter and student-lover. Strzeminski is not a man of compromise! (TM)
ANDRZEJ WAJDA´S (1926–2017) officer-father died in Katyn´s mass murder (of which the son turned into a film in 2008) and in 1942 he joined the Polish resistance movement. After the war he studied painting (his favourite was Paul Cezanne), got into Llodz film school and directed, under the wings of Aleksander Ford, his famous resistance trilogy that culminated in Ashes and Diamonds (1958). His career was productive and influential, and his topics ranged from historic to literary and from romantic to political in such films as Everything for Sale (1968), The Birch-wood (1970), The Promised Land (1974), Man of Marble (1976), Man of Iron (1981) and Danton (1983). Wajda was also a vocal participant in politics and in the Solidarity movement.