Afterimage
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Film Info
Original Title:Powidoki
Program:New Releases
Tags:Biography
Arts
History
Historical Drama
Visual Arts
Politics
Release Year:2016
Runtime:98 min
Country:Poland
Language:Polish
Print Source:Film Movement
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfzPErD1C0
Cast/Crew
Director:Andrzej Wajda
Producer:Michal Kwiecinski
Cinematographer:Pawel Edelman
Screenwriter:Andrzej Mularczyk
Editor:Grazyna Gradon PSM
Composer:Andrzej Panufnik
Principal Cast:Boguslaw Linda
Filmography:Katyn ('07)
Danton ('83)
Ashes and Diamonds ('58)
Description

2017 MSPIFF Official Selection

Poland’s official entry to the 2016 Academy Awards.

The final film from acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who died in 2016 at age 90, Afterimage is a penetrating and gorgeous biopic of avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski. Losing an arm and a leg in World War I, at home Strzeminski becomes an abstract artist, teacher, and lecturer at the Higher School of Visual Arts in Lodz, which he helped to found. But when Poland embraces the strict new Stalinist codes of Social Realism in art, declaring it must “meet the needs of the people,” Strzeminski finds himself an outcast, stripped of his job and his membership in the collective (thus denying him the paint he so desperately needs), and reduced to extreme poverty. A deeply personal film, as Wajda’s own father was killed at the hands of the Stalinist government, Afterimage should not be missed.


Press

"Afterimage is mounted in a classical, beautifully understated style that throughout conveys the assurance of a true master." - RogerEbert.com

"This passionate yet lucid study of a Polish artist/professor holding his ground during the early Communist era is a strong story from a cinematic master." - Seattle Weekly

A NYT Critic's Pick: "This is an angry, vivid, passionate film." - The New York Times


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