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Junior Ciné
Andrzej Wajda


Poland 2016

In Polish with English subtitles

100 min

For audiences aged 12 and above

In post-war Poland, renowned painter Wladyslaw Strzemiński works as a professor at the National School of Fine Arts in Łódź. A great artist and co-creator of the theory of Unism, Strzemiński became famous before the Second World War. His students still treat him like the "messiah of modern painting", but university authorities and the Ministry of Culture have a very different opinion. Unlike artists loyal to the doctrines of socialist realism and fulfilling Party tasks, Strzemiński does not compromise his art. He refuses to comply with Party regulations, and he is eventually expelled from the university and the artists' union. But Strzemiń- ski's students continue to support him, visiting him for private lectures. They pen down his Theory of Vision and listen to his critique of their work. But jobless Strzemiński, impaired due to a missing arm and leg, soon falls into poverty and poor health as the Communist authorities remain persistent in their actions to ruin him…
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Director: Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016) was one of the greatest directors of Polish cinema. In 2000, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement.

Screenplay: Andrzej Mularczyk
Cast: Bogusław Linda, Bronisława Zamachowska, Zofia Wichłacz, Paulina Gałązka, Krzysztof Pieczyński, Szymon Bobrowski, Mariusz Bonaszewski
Production: Michał Kwieciński / Akson Studio
Copy: Akson Studio