16 Facts About Andrzej Wajda


Andrzej Witold Wajda was a Polish film and theatre director.


Andrzej Wajda's father was murdered by the Soviets in 1940 in what came to be known as the Katyn massacre.


The Birch Wood was entered into the 7th Moscow International Film Festival where Andrzej Wajda won the Golden Prize for Direction.


In 1990, Andrzej Wajda was honoured by the European Film Awards for his lifetime achievement, only the third director to be so honoured, after Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman.


Andrzej Wajda continued to make films set during World War II, including Korczak, a story about a Jewish-Polish doctor who takes care of orphan children, in The Crowned-Eagle Ring and Holy Week specifically on Jewish-Polish relations.


In 1994, Andrzej Wajda presented his own film version of Dostoyevsky's novel The Idiot in the movie Nastasja, starring Japanese actor Tamasoburo Bando in the double role of Prince Mishkin and Nastasja.


In 1999, Andrzej Wajda released the epic film Pan Tadeusz, based on the epic poem of the Polish 19th-century romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz.


In 2002, Andrzej Wajda directed The Revenge, a film version of his 1980s comedy theatre production, with Roman Polanski in one of the main roles.


In February 2006, Andrzej Wajda received an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival.


In 2007, Katyn was released, a well-received film about the Katyn massacre, in which Andrzej Wajda's father was murdered; the director shows the dramatic situation of those who await their relatives.


Andrzej Wajda followed it with Sweet Rush with Krystyna Janda as a main character.


Andrzej Wajda received the Prix FIPRESCI during the 2009 European Film Awards.


Andrzej Wajda founded The Japanese Centre of Art and Technology in Krakow in 1994.


Students of Andrzej Wajda School take part in different film courses led by famous European film makers.


In September 2009, Andrzej Wajda called for the release of director Roman Polanski after Polanski was arrested in Switzerland in relation to his 1977 charge for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.


Andrzej Wajda died in Warsaw on 9 October 2016 at the age of 90 from pulmonary failure.