Polish film director Andrzej Wajda passes away

Polish film director Andrzej Wajda passes away

Oscar-winning Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has died aged 90, the Polish Filmmakers' Association has confirmed. 

Wajda had been recently taken to hospital.

He made more than 40 feature films in a career spanning 60 years. Many of his films - including Kanal, Man of Marble, Man of Iron and Katyn - were inspired by Poland's turbulent wartime and communist history.

In 2000, Wajda was awarded an honorary Oscar for his contribution to world cinema. Man of Iron won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981.

Wajda's last film Powidoki (Afterimage) tells the life story of the avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who suffered under the post-war Stalinist government in Poland. The director said he wanted to "warn against state intervention in art". The film was recently chosen as Poland's official entry for the best foreign language film at the 2017 Oscars.

Wajda was born in 1926 in the north-eastern Polish town of Suwalki. During World War Two, Wajda joined the Polish resistance. He later studied to be a painter, before entering the Lodz Film School.

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