Andrzej Wajda, who passed away on the 9th of October, was Poland's leading filmmaker and one of the major figures in the post-war European cinema. His unique style influenced such directors as Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, and Francis Ford Coppola. Wajda’s films have received the major prizes of the film industry, including an honorary Oscar in the year 2000. Wajda became known for drawing on Polish history and political subjects to create humanistic movies focusing on ordinary people's lives that were also, somehow, a political call to action. His last film, Afterimage, a tribute to avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski was selected as the Polish entry for the 2017 Oscars in the category Best Foreign Language Film.
To celebrate Andrzei Wajda's legacy, the Department of Russian & Slavonic Studies and the Department of Film Studies are screening four of Wajda's films, starting with Ashes and Diamonds on Thursday, 3 Nov 2016, in 2041B (Teatar M. Ui Chadhain) at 7pm.
The remaining dates are:
17/11/2016, The Promised Land, 7pm, room 2043 (Arts Building). Introduced by Dr Aneta Stępień (Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies)
24/11/2016, Katyn, 7pm, Maxwell 5 (Hamilton building). Introduced by Dr Conor O’Kelly (Department of Film Studies)
01/12/2016, Wedding, 7pm, Room 2043 (Arts building). Introduced by Dr Piotr Sadowski (School of English)
Followed by discussion. All screenings are free, and all are welcome.