Directed by Andrzej Wajda
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100 Minutes
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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.


  • Boguslaw Linda
  • Aleksandra Justa
  • Bronislawa Zamachowska
  • Zofia Wichlacz
Blu-ray Features

Blu Ray bonus feature includes 95-minute documentary WAJDA BY WAJDA
Commentary by Professor Emeritus Stuart Liebman, CUNY Graduate Center

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 2

  • Highest Rating
    "The film stands as an imposing monument to the memory of a great artist."
    Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "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
  • Highest Rating
    "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
  • Highest Rating
    "CRITIC'S PICK. This is an angry, vivid, passionate film. Cinema is worse off now that Wajda, one of the truly towering greats of the form, is dead; there is some consolation, though, that he went out with his boots still most defiantly on."
    Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Awards & Recognition

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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