Afterimage

Directed by Andrzej Wajda
Film Movement
2016
100 Minutes
Poland
Polish
Drama
Not Rated

Legendary director Andrzej Wajda's final film is a passionate portrait of renowned avantgarde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who challenged Stalinist orthodoxy. In post-war Poland, Strzeminski works as a professor at the National School of Fine Arts in Lodz. His students treat him like the "messiah of modern painting," but university authorities and the Ministry of Culture have a differing opinion. Refusing to comply with Party regulations, he is eventually expelled from the university and the artists' union. As the Communist authorities continue their efforts to ruin him, Strzeminski remains steadfast in his political and artistic convictions.

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  • "The film stands as an imposing monument to the memory of a great artist."
    Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily
  • "Built on a classical narrative structure, Afterimage really puts the emphasis on its remarkable lead actor, Boguslaw Linda, a legendary performer in Poland, who has, in the past, starred in films by the country's greatest directors."
    Dorota Hartwich, Cineuropa
  • "Afterimage is as elegantly assembled as all of Wajda's work: beautifully lit, tastefully art-directed, and handsomely shot by Pawel Edelman, who was Oscar-nominated for his work on Polanski's The Pianist. "
    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
Winner
Special Jury Prize
Polish Film Festival
Offical Selection
Masters Programme
Toronto Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Chicago Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Rome Film Festival

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