Andrzej Wajda Wins a FIPRESCI Special Award
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Andrzej Wajda was presented with a special award by the FIPRESCI International Federation of Film Critics on March 25th, 2015, at the 90th edition of the Bari International Film Festival in southern Italy. Previous FIPRESCI awards have played an important role in the director's career.
The award was officially presented to Wajda as part of the Bari International Film Festival at a ceremony in the grand Petruzelli theatre. The Polish director was received with a standing ovation. A special screening of Katyń also took place on the occasion, as well as a 90-minute meeting with Wajda. The director commented after the gala:
I have met with such a warm and heartfelt reception from Italian film audiences and critics in the past. Our Polish problems have always been well understood by them, and they knew how to draw their attention to them.
Wajda placed an emphasis on the significance that the FIPRESCI award has had for his career, when it honoured his films Ashes and Diamonds and Man of Marble in Cannes.
At a time when my films did not stand the chance of being shown at international festival competitions, as they were banned – notably Ashes and Diamonds and Man of Marble – it was the FIPRESCI award that opened the world for them. This, in turn, inspired people to make more courageous films in Poland.
The director also expressed his great content that the ceremony was preceded by a special screening of Katyń:
I was surprised by this fact myself, because I often hear about concern that since the film is Polish, nobody is going to understand it. No, it appears that this is not at all the case when a film is moving, and when the actors are able to reach the viewer.
Wajda added that he was "even surprised at how much the Italian audience was interested in this film, that they understood it and were deeply moved by the fate of the Polish officers".
Andrzej Wajda returned to Italy one and a half years after his last visit. In September, 2013, he presented his newest film, Wałęsa. Man of Hope at the film festival in Venice.
ashes and diamonds
man of marble
A special anniversary edition of the FIPRESCI prize was also given to other masters of European cinema, such as Ettore Scoli and Costa-Gavras.
Source: PAP - Sylwia Wysocka, edited by TS translated by PS