Poland/ North American 98 minutes 2016 Colour English/ Polish Gala Screening – Indian Premiere
Director: Andrzej Wajda
In 2016, Polish director Andrzej Wajda celebrated his 90th birthday and 65th feature film: Afterimage. With a career spanning over 60 years, Wajda’s contribution to cinema has been recognized by the Academy Awards (Honorary Oscar in 2000), European Film Awards (Lifetime Achievement, 1990), Berlin Film Festival (Golden Bear. At the age of 90, Polish director Andrzej Wajda delivers a moving film that is bound to leave a vivid and lasting impression on the audience and is aptly titled – Afterimage. The great Polish director Andrzej Wajda returns with this passionate biopic about avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski (brilliantly played by Polish superstar Boguslaw Linda), who battled Stalinist orthodoxy and his own physical impairments to advance his progressive ideas.
While he’s exercising filmmaking muscles that are mighty spry for a 90-year-old, no one will mistake Andrzej Wajda’s latest feature for an expression of joie de vivre: “Afterimage” is a somber portrait of a Polish artist who, unlike his portraitist here, was defeated by the fickle shifts of political ideology imposed on art. This respectable if somewhat monotonous drama won’t be an easy sell to offshore audiences for whom its subject, avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski is hardly a household name. Moreover the film references his defining triumphs just in passing, focusing instead on bleak later years when he was persecuted for failing to tow the Party aesthetic line. The result is another significant chapter in Polish history from Wajda.
The cast and crew of the late writer and director Andrzej Wajda’s Afterimage have arrived in Goa to take part in the ongoing International Film Festival of India in Panjim. The passionate biopic based of the late on the life of the Polish painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski is slated to open the 47th International Film Festival on 20th November at 6.30 pm at Kala Academy. Incidentally, Wajda who is the winner of an honorary Oscar in 2000 passed away last month at the ripe age of 90 after sealing his legacy with his captivating film Afterimage. The eminent cast and crew of the film-producer Michal Kwiecinski ,Editor Grazyna Gradon, Sound Designer Maria Chilarecka, Audio Engineers Kacper Habisiak and Marcin Kasinski and costume Designer Katarzyna Lewinska are now in Goa to present the film to an audience across the world at IFFI 2016.
Afterimage is the official entry from Poland for the Best Language film at the 89th Academy awards too. It was also screened in the Masters Section at the Toronto International Film Festival. IFFI 2016,under a very special initiative, is screening 5 masterpieces – Katayn, Ashes & Diamonds, Man of iron, The Maids of Wilko and The Promised Land, all directed by Andrej Wazda as a special tribute to honour his illustrious career spanning 60 years.
The late writer and director Andrej Wazda was one of most prominent filmmakers in the world who is still remembered for his trilogy of war films – A Generation (1954), Kanal (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958).