Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director, Died at 90


Andrzej Witold Wajda was born on March 6, 1926, in Suwałki and died on October 9, 2016.

He was a Polish film and theatre director.

Andrezj was the recipient of an Honorary Oscar and the Palme d’Or.

Wajda was a prominent member of the “Polish Film School”.

Andrzej Wajda was known especially for his trilogy of war films consisting of A Generation (1954), Kanał (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958).

A selection of four of his films was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: The Promised Land (1975), The Maids of Wilko (1979), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyń (2007).

His parents were Aniela (née Białowąs), a school teacher, and Jakub Wajda, an army officer.

His father was murdered by the Soviets in 1940 in what came to be known as the Katyn massacre.

During 1942 he joined the Polish resistance and served in the Home Army.

Following the war, he studied to be a painter at Kraków’s Academy of Fine Arts before entering the Łódź Film School.

He was married four times.

Andrezj third wife was actress Beata Tyszkiewicz with whom he had a daughter, Karolina (born 1967).

Then his 4th wife was the theatre costume designer and actress Krystyna Zachwatowicz.

He died due to pulmonary failure, in Warsaw.

Andrzej Wajda passed away at 90 years old.