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April 20th–23rd, 2017 / Bucharest / Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 6th Edition

Opening ceremony

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Directed by: 
Andrzej Wajda
The last masterpiece of one of cinema’s most acclaimed masters, Andrzej Wahda. The film’s subject is the last great piece of the great european director’s career as it the biopic based on Władysław Strzemiński’s life (the most important Polish artist of the 20th century) draws subtle parallels to the director’s destiny. Wajda brings to life the turmoil-infused world of an avant-garde artist that struggled with the stalinist social-realism, in the era of its absolute power. The film echoes the contemporary spirit of the Polish society and the post-communist world in general. The film’s emotional and deep narrative is built around the artist’s trials and tribulations when faced with an imposed ideology and with an artistry that was ahead of its time. A final, great story about dignity, integrity and disobedience. A work of art that is bound for posterity.


National Centre of Cinematography
Ministry of Culture and National Identity
The Romanian Cultural Institute
The French Institute in Bucharest
The Romanian Cinastes' Union