Kanal, January 16
Please note: The screening of Wajda's Danton originally scheduled for this date has been canceled. Based on a novel by Polish symbolist Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, The Maids of Wilko represents an unsentimental but poetic return to the past to explore the ironies of love and hope.
Wajda adapts a classic Polish verse play “with full romantic abandon.”-Time Out
Wajda's loose sequel to Man of Marble is an inventive feature shot during the very event it portrays, the 1980 Solidarity shipyard strike in Gdansk.
A former concentration camp doubles as a displaced persons camp following the war in this film of “endless cruel ironies.”-Time Out
A Citizen Kane–like search for a forgotten worker-hero churns up an unsavory history. “A political epic, compassionate and as bitterly funny as a cartoon.”-N.Y. Times
Masterful biopic about “the Polish James Dean,” Zbigniew Cybulski, who died tragically, and absurdly, in 1967.
Wajda's epic, Dickensian portrait of greed in turn-of-the-century Lodz is “a prophetic vision of the industrial revolution impinging on the pastoral life of Poland.”-Variety
A jazz-playing, motorcycle-riding doctor represents the '50s “lost generation,” who survived the war but cannot face the peace.
An epic set during the Napoleonic Wars, this spectacular and often cruel film was the screen debut of one of Wajda's favorite actors, Daniel Olbrychski.
Introduced by Tony Lin. On the last day of the war, a young Resistance fighter (Zbigniew Cybulski) is caught in a Hamlet-like quandary: to kill or not to kill.
Wajda brought a fresh style to his first film, about Resistance youths. Roman Polanski, who debuts here, said, “The whole Polish cinema began with it.”
Wajda's breakthrough film, a prizewinner at Cannes, is an unforgettably vivid depiction of the last days of the 1944 Warsaw uprising against the Nazis.