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Poland | 2016 | 100 minutes | Andrzej Wajda

In the final film from Andrzej Wajda (Man of Hope), beloved Polish artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, known for his playful avant-garde paintings and sculptures, finds his life upended when the Stalinist regime insists that he embrace only “Socialist Realist” art.

"A swan song from one of the greats, who, like his subject, leaves viewers with a treatise on how to look at the world"Seattle Times staff

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Art is freedom. As Stalin rose to power, freedom was under attack; art was under attack. Afterimage, director Andrzej Wajda's final film, follows the story of Wladyslaw Strzeminski (Boguslaw Linda), the most important Polish painter of the 20th century. World War I left him with a missing arm and leg, but this didn't stop him from pursuing art. Strzeminski's avant-garde paintings and sculptures were unlike anything of their time—abstract and playful, yet sophisticated. People recognized this, and his art became successful internationally. At the peak of his career, Stalin came to power, ordering all art to be objectified, serving as Soviet propaganda. Afterimage is a heartbreaking yet hopeful story of resilience. Its affecting score, by Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik, offers a glimpse into the emotions of those living in desperation, clinging to any amount of faith. The miserable, gray environment contrasts with the artist's whimsical creations, reminding us that without art, life is joyless. Wajda passed away last October, at 90, shortly after his film's release. Strzeminski's story is one he had always wanted to tell—and he told it beautifully, allowing others to live it. Afterimage reminds us of the prolific careers of two artists.

Director Biography

With a career spanning over 60 years, Wajda's contribution to cinema has been recognized by the Academy Awards (Honorary Oscar in 2000), European Film Awards (Lifetime Achievement, 1990), Berlin Film Festival (Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement, 2006), and many others. Four of his films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: The Promised Land (1975), The Maids of Wilko (1979), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyn (2007). Man of Iron won the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sponsored by KCTS 9, Seattle Polish Film Festival

  • Original Language Title: Powidoki
  • Director: Andrzej Wajda
  • Principal Cast: Boguslaw Linda, Bronislawa Zamachowska, Zofia Wichlacz
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Poland
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Michal Kwiecinski
  • Screenplay: Andrzej Mularczyk
  • Cinematographers: Pawel Edelman
  • Editors: Grazyna Gradon
  • Music: Andrzej Panufnik
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2017 (Foreign Language Film)
  • Filmography: Walesa. Man of Hope (2013); Sweet Rush (2009); Katyn (2007); The Revenge (2002); Korczak (1990); Danton (983); Man of Iron (1981); The Girl from Wilko (1979); Man of Marble (1977); Land of Promise (1975); Everything for Sale (1969); Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
  • Language: Polish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Film Movement
  • International Sales: Films Boutique