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Wajdart | Andrzej Wajda retrospective

Academy Award-winning director Andrzej Wajda is celebrating his 90th birthday! That's a great opportunity to enjoy some of his classic, beautifully reconstructed feature movies (with subtitles!), but also to look back at his creative career through the lens of his conceptual or diaristic sketches and documentaries.
from: THU   03 / 03 / 2016
to: SUN   06 / 03 / 2016
National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute Wałbrzyska 3/5
02-739 Warsaw
The Promised Land room | 1st floor

03.03, 18:00 (19:30) | Innocent Sorcerers, 1960, 87 minutes

A love story and a portrait of young Poles in the 1950s, the film tells the tale of two people meeting in a bar. They don’t care about the future; their lives seem to consist of going out, playing jazz and having love affairs with no strings attached. The night begins for them with a seemingly simple scenario — from small talk to bed. But as dawn approaches, what starts as an insignificant episode grows in meaning.

NOTICE: The movie will be preceded by a 54-minute-long documentary Cegła i inne nagrody filmowe (dir. Marek Brodzki), as well as a meeting with Andrzej Wajda, Marek Brodzki and critic Tadeusz Lubelski. Both these events will NOT be translated into English. Innocent Sorcerers will begin at about 19:30.

04.03, 18:00 (19:30) | The Wedding, 1972, 102 minutes

Andrzej Wajda takes us to a wedding party. People talk, drink and dance and flirt. It is an unusual 19th-century wedding; the marriage of an intellectual from a big town with a simple country girl. Families and friends from both sides regard the alliance with skepticism and curiosity. The director uses this event as a pretext to expose a gallery of characters from various walks of life, including a priest, a poet, a farmhand, and wife of a counsellor. The young and the old, the rich and the poor — all gather at the party. Unexpectedly, something uncanny begins to permeate the joyful celebrations. Some of the guests see mysterious ghosts and hidden grudges, complexes, and yearnings step out of the hidden corners of their souls... A brilliant film adaptation of one of the most important Polish plays, set to lively country music.

NOTICE: The movie will be preceded by a talk with actor Wojciech Pszoniak and a 52-minute-long documentary Biesy po latach (dir. Andrzej Wajda). Both these events will NOT be translated. The Wedding will begin at about 19:30.

05.03, 18:00 | Chronicle of Love Affairs, 1985, 114 minutes

Set in the summer months preceding the September 1939 outbreak of World War II in Polish part of Lithuania, the movie follows a tragic love affair of Alina and Witek. The hopeful anticipation of what's about to come intertwines with nostalgia and longing for what's long gone and never fulfilled.

06.03, 18:00 (18:45) | The Promised Land, 1974, 179 minutes

“I have nothing, you have nothing, he has nothing. Taken together we have just enough to build a major factory.” Three friends — a Polish nobleman, Karol Borowiecki; a German, Max Baum; and a Jew, Moritz Welt — shrink from nothing, including treachery and fraud to build their industrial empire. But ruthless business tactics and an ill-fated affair leave Borowiecki with a choice: either change his ways or sacrifice all compassion in order to protect his financial capital. In the footsteps of Dickens, Mr. Wajda paints a bleak picture of 19th-century Łódź , a chaotic city littered with dangerous factories and devoid of true culture. One of the most outstanding Polish films, The Promised Land, was the winner of numerous prizes, including the Golden Lion and an Academy Award® nomination.

NOTICE: The movie will be preceded by a talk with actress Anna Nehrebecka, which will NOT be translated into English. The Promised Land will begin at about 18:45 and will be followed by a screening of the Scoring4Wajda concert, which features music written for Wajda by the most renowned Polish composers (including Wojciech Kilar, Paweł Mykietyn and Krzysztof Penderecki).


Accompanying the retrospective will be a multimedia exhibition, which will feature a selection of the director’s visual art: from portraits of famous artists and pieces made for film and theater productions, to drawings depicting his travels to such countries as Japan. The exhibition will serve as a sort of an alternative documentary: one produced not with a camera, but with paper and pencil, along with the occasional marker, crayon, or brush. These tools, Wajda explains, have been his indispensable companions for many years (the director studied painting at the Krakow Academy of Find Arts in 1946–1950).


Admission is free of charge and does not require registration.
Seats are limited (120). Please arrive early to ensure admission.

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