Andrzej Wajda

Director, Screenwriter, Cooper's assistant
By far the best-known film director working in Poland, Andrzej Wajda has achieved the status, both in his life and his work, of a symbol for his beleaguered country. The son of a cavalry officer killed in WWII, Wajda ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1926 in Poland

Filmography

Director (40)

Untitled (Wajda/Man Of Project) 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Walesa 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Katyń 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet Rush 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

I Remember 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

The Revenge 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Pan Tadeusz 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Wyrok na Franciszka Klosav 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Miss Nobody 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Holy Week 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Natasha 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ring With the Crowned Eagle 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Korczak 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Possedes 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Promised Land 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Everything For Sale 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Kronika wypadkow milosnych 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Eine Liebe in Deutschland 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Danton 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Man of Iron 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Dyrygent 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Panny z Wilka 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Without Anesthesia 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Man of Marble 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Pilatus und Andere 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Wesele 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Brzezina 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Krajobraz Po Bitwie 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Hunting Flies 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Roly-Poly 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Gates to Paradise 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Ashes 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Love at Twenty 1962 (Movie)

("Warsaw") (Director)

Ashes and Diamonds 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Samson 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Siberian Lady Macbeth 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Innocent Sorcerers 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Lotna 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Kanal 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Generation 1955 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (19)

Katyń 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Sweet Rush 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pan Tadeusz 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wyrok na Franciszka Klosav 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Holy Week 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Natasha 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Possedes 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Promised Land 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Everything For Sale 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kronika wypadkow milosnych 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eine Liebe in Deutschland 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Danton 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Without Anesthesia 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pilatus und Andere 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brzezina 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gates to Paradise 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ashes and Diamonds 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Samson 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lotna 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (4)

Primo Levi's Journey 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Wajda's Danton 1982 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Zdjecia Probne 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Pilatus und Andere 1971 (Movie)

(Costumes)
Producer (1)

Przesluchanie 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Art Department (1)

Pilatus und Andere 1971 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)
Other (2)

Liberte 1988 (Movie)

film extract("Danton" (1982)) (Other)

Visage de Chien 1986 (Movie)

(artistic) (Technical Advisor)

Biography

By far the best-known film director working in Poland, Andrzej Wajda has achieved the status, both in his life and his work, of a symbol for his beleaguered country. The son of a cavalry officer killed in WWII, Wajda joined the Resistance as a teenager. Later, he studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Krakow for three years before transferring in 1950 to the newly opened State Film School in Lodz, where he learned technique directing several short films.

Relationships

Beata Tyszkiewicz Actor

Wife
Married in 1967 divorced mother of his daughter, Karolina

Jakub Wajda

Father
Captain in the Polish infantry killed during WWII in the Katyn Forest massacre in 1939

Karolina Wajda Actor

Daughter
Born in 1967 mother, Beata Tyszkiewicz

Aniela Wajda

Mother
Teacher at a Ukrainian school died at Auschwitz

Krystyna Zachwatowicz

Wife
Married in 1975

EDUCATION

Academy of Fine Arts

Attended for three years; did not graduate

State Film School

1950 - 1952
Began career making short films

Milestones

2007

Helmed the Polish film, "Katy?" about the Katyn massacre; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

2002

Directed "Zemsta/The Vengeance" starring Roman Polanski

1999

Helmed "Pan Tadeusz/The Last Foray in Lithuania"; selected as Poland's official entry for the Best Foreign-Language Academy Award

1997

Helmed "Panna Nikt/Miss Nobody"; a feature with lesbian overtones in its central relationship between a teenager and a New Age hippie

1996

Revisited familiar themes in "Holy Week"; focusing on a Jewish woman who seeks asylum from an intellectual during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising

1994

Helmed "Natasha" featuring two Japanese Kabuki actors in a drama based on the final chapter of Dosetevski's The Idiot

1993

Focused on the Warsaw Uprising in "The Ring with the Crowned Eagle"

1989

Elected Senator in Polish government (Solidarity Party representative)

1982

Garnered further praise for his adaptation of "Danton" starring Gerard Depardieu

1981

"Czlowiek z Zalaza/Man of Iron" earned Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Film

1979

"The Young Girls of Wilko/The Maids of Wilko" received Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film

1977

Helmed "Czlowiek z marmuru/Man of Marble"; employed a cinema verite style

1975

"Land and Promise" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film

1965

Helmed the expensive historical romance "Popioly/Ashes"

1962

First credit as a TV director, "Interview with Ballmayer"

1959

Debut as theater director, "A Hatful of Rain"

1958

Earned international attention with "Popiol i diament/Ashes and Diamonds"

1957

First of Wajda's film to examine the Warsaw uprising, "Kanal/They Love Life"

1955

Directed first documentary, "Ide ku sloncu/I Walk to the Sun"

1954

Feature directing debut, "Pokolenie/A Generation"

1953

Co-wrote and directed diploma film "Three Stories"

1953

Served as assistant to director Aleksander Ford on "Five Boys From Barska Street"

1941

Became Polish Resistance fighter at age 16

Concentrated on stage directing in the 1970s

Made first short films while attending film school in Lodz

Bonus Trivia

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His name is pronounced AHN-Jay VY-da.

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In April 2000, Wajda donated his honorary Academy Award to Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

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