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Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda (born 1926) - director, member of the ‘Immortal Circle’ of the French Academy of Fine Arts. He was honoured with the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1998 for his contributions to cinema. He also won a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 2000. He has served a wide range of social and political functions. He was for many years the president of the Association of Polish Film-makers (1978-83) and a senator in the Polish Senate (1989-1991). He is the main representative of the so-called Polish film school. He best films are: ‘Generation’ (1955), ‘Canal’ (1957, won the Silver Palm award at Cannes), ‘Man of Marble’ (1977), ‘Promised land’ (1974, nominated for an Oscar, won awards in Gdansk and Moscow) and ‘Man of Iron’ (1981, Golden Palm at Cannes), ‘Danton’ (1985, won Prix Delluc) and ‘Pan Tadeusz’ (1999). He has also director plays based on works by Slawomir Mrozek, Dostoyevsky, Witkacy and Shakespeare. He has been awarded the French Legion of Honour and Japanese Order of the Rising Sun. In 1996 he was awarded the Silver Bear award in Berlin. In 2001 the German president awarded him the Great Cross of Merit.

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