AKIPRESS.COM - Poland's leading filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, whose career maneuvering between a repressive communist government and an audience yearning for freedom won him international recognition and an honorary Oscar, has died. He was 90, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Wajda had recently been hospitalized and died Sunday night, according to his colleague, film director Jacek Bromski.
Wajda, who recently completed his last film, Afterimage – a biopic of famous Polish avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski – had been struggling with ill health in recent years.
Wajda, who celebrated his 90th birthday in March, had long wanted to make a film about Strzeminski, who was forced out of his job teaching art in post-war Poland after refusing to cooperate with communist authorities.
Wajda completed the film this year, and two weeks ago it was announced as Poland's submission in the foreign-language Oscar race.
Wajda's career stretched across more than six decades with multiple prizes at top international festivals, including Cannes, where his wartime-set feature Kanal collected a special jury prize in 1957. He eventually took the Palme d'Or in 1981 for Man of Iron, another nominee for the foreign-language Oscar.