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Run Time: 98 minutes
AFTERIMAGE transports audiences to the early 1950s era of W?adys?aw 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®.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 6:35 PM
Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 9:10 AM
FILM IS ART
George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
Andrzej Wajda was an Academy Award®-winning director born in 1926 in Suwa?ki, 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.
"Danton" (1983)-8th CIFF, "Katyn" (2007)-32nd CIFF, "Walesa: Man of Hope" (2013)-38th CIFF, AFTERIMAGE (2016)
Boguslaw Linda, Aleksandra Justa, Bronislawa Zamachowska
This film is presented with the generous support of JOAN TOMKINS and WILLIAM BUSTA.