Wajda shooting new movie about persecuted Polish artist Strzemiński
PR dla Zagranicy
Filming is underway on veteran director Andrzej Wajda's new movie 'Afterimages', which explores the fate of avant-garde artist Władysław Strzemiński, who was persecuted by Poland's communist regime.
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The film will focus on the artist's last years when he fell foul of the communists for refusing to conform to the tenets of 1950s' Socialist Realism.
Painter and theorist Strzemiński had been a key figure in Poland's pre-war avant-garde, and after the war he co-founded an art school in the city of Łódż.
However, he was removed for his independent thinking.
“I will show in the film how this [communist] system led Strzemiński step by step to his grave,” Wajda has said.
The film is chiefly being shot in Łódż itself, with Paweł Edelman ('The Pianist', 'Katyń', 'The Ghost Writer') taking up the reins as cinematographer.
Bogusław Linda ('Dogs', 'The Battle of Warsaw 1920') will play the painter, joined by Zofia Wichlacz ('Warsaw '44') and youngster Bogusława Zamachowska, daughter of actor Zbigniew Zamachowski and actress Aleksandra Justa.
Wajda, who is due to turn ninety in March, won an honorary Oscar in 2000 for his lifetime achievement in film. His last movie was the 2013 biopic 'Wałesa: Man of Hope'.
'Afterimages' is set to be released in 2016. (nh/rk)