Come join us to pay tribute to....
Tuesday 28 March 2017
6.15 pm – 10 pm
Meeting Room, School of Economics
The Scores, KY16 9AR
St Andrews, Scotland
Includes as showing of: ASHES AND DIAMONDS (1958)
Andrzej Wajda was a titan of a filmmaker whose visual range spanned iconography that went far beyond the country it represents, locating his work within the global socio-political discourse surrounding the turbulent history of the Twentieth century and specifically the volatile experience of his native Poland.
His politically engaged films often focused on the tribulations of working class life under authoritarian conditions. Globally, Wajda is possibly best-known for ASHES AND DIAMONDS (1958), part of his war trilogy, which references the Warsaw Uprising and its aftermath. We will show the film, with an introduction of the war trilogy by Prof. Dina Iordanova of the Department of Film Studies.
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This will be followed by presentations offering an insight into Wajda’s other influential films – from EVERYTHING FOR SALE (1969) and THE WEDDING (1973) to KATYN (2007) and WALESA: MAN OF HOPE (2013), as well as, of course, MAN OF MARBLE (1977) and MAN OF IRON (1981).
Acclaimed poet and author John Burnside – who is also Professor of Creative Writing at St Andrews – will approach his interest in Wajda from a unique angle, involving the fate of ASHES AND DIAMONDS star, Zbigniew Cybulski, as featured in his most recent novel.
With original contributions and video essays by Rohan Crickmar and Tomasz Hollanek.