Polish Director Andrzej Wajda Dies At 90

Award Winners press conference at the 59th Berlinale Film Festival, Berlin, Germany - 14 Feb 2009Renowned Polish director Andrzej Wajda died Sunday in Warsaw after a short illness. He was 90. Though best known in the U.S. for his realistic WWII trilogy “A Generation,” “Kanal,” and “Ashes and Diamonds” from the late 1950s, the always controversial and politically vital filmmaker continued working into the 21st century and was considered Poland’s preeminent filmmaker. His latest film, the biopic “Afterimage,” had recently been selected as Poland’s foreign language Oscar submission. In 2000 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences honored Wajda with an honorary Oscar in recognition of a lifetime of work. On that occasion, I wrote about him for the New York Times.

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