Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank



Year: 2016
Country: POLAND
Run Time: 98 minutes



AFTERIMAGE transports audiences to the early 1950s era of Władysław Strzemin´ski, one of Poland’s most profound artists of the 20th century. The beloved painter and professor’s progressive art theories garnered heavy resistance from a government determined to only tout “socialist realism”—work that embraces Soviet ideologies and discourages capitalism and Western culture. When he insists a firm line must remain between art and politics, Party orders oust Strzemin´ski from teaching at the very school he cofounded, and his renowned Neoplastic Room at the Museum of Art is destroyed. Strzemin´ski’s life slowly unravels as the Party mercilessly bars him of his artistic livelihood, making it nearly impossible to survive. A poignant, gracious ode to the life of a revolutionary artist, AFTERIMAGE is the final film of Polish director Andrzej Wajda who died in October 2016 at the age of 90. (In Polish with subtitles) —A.B.

AFTERIMAGE was selected as Poland's entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Academy Awards®.


CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 9:10 AM


George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition

Andrzej Wajda

Michał Kwieciński

Andrzej Mularczyk

Paweł Edelman

Grażyna Gradoń

Principal Cast
Boguslaw Linda, Aleksandra Justa, Bronislawa Zamachowska

Director Bio
Andrzej Wajda was an Academy AwardŽ-winning director born in 1926 in Suwałki, Poland. After surviving Nazi-occupied Poland in WWII and fighting with the Polish resistance, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and High Film School in Lodz. He directed more than 50 films throughout his career.

Select Filmography
"Danton" (1983)-8th CIFF, "Katyn" (2007)-32nd CIFF, "Walesa: Man of Hope" (2013)-38th CIFF, AFTERIMAGE (2016)

Print Source

This film is presented with the generous support of JOAN TOMKINS and WILLIAM BUSTA.

Film Sponsors


Community Partners

Cleveland Museum of Art

Contemporary Art Society of the Cleveland Museum of Art

Polish-American Cultural Center

Media Partners

CAN Journal

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