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Powidoki (Afterimage)
Recently deceased Polish film legend Andrzej Wajda delves into a dark episode in his home country’s history in his last film. In AFTERIMAGE he focuses on avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski (Boguslaw Linda), who loses an arm and leg in the First World War, but who goes on to become an acclaimed abstract painter, teacher and who stands up against the strict dictates of Stalinist code of Socialist Realism. He is reduced to poverty and with rich irony one of the few jobs he can find is painting massive banners of Stalin in heroic manner. Beautifully-made and driven with typical Wajda passion and insight, it is a fascinating glimpse into Polish history.
2016 / Polish dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 98 mins
Genre: Drama
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: MENA Premiere
Rating: 12+
Contains: Adult References
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Producer: Michal Kwiecinski
Scriptwriter: Andrzej Mularczyk
DOP: Pawel Edelman
Editor: Grazyna Gradon
Composer: Andrzej Panufnik
Cast: Boguslaw Linda, Bronisława Zamachowska, Zofia Wichłacz, Paulina Gałazka, Tomasz Włosok