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Last film of Andrzej is the opening film of 47th IFFI

The last film of Polish filmmaker, late Andrzej Wajda titled ‘AfterImage’ is the opening film for the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). It is the biopic of avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who fought for Stalinist impositions and his physical impairments to stand steadfastly by his own progressive views on the purpose of art.

Producer of the movie, Michal Kwiecinski during a press briefing on Saturday at the media centre of the 47th IFFI stated that this movie explores the complex relationship between power and art. He said: “I am curious to know how this film will be perceived here in India. I hope it will prove its universality.”

When asked about the late director Andrzej, he said their collaboration was fruitful and he used to oversee all the major departments of filmmaking.

Editor of the movie, Grazyna Gradon elaborated on how Andrzej suggested changes towards editing the movie’s trailer. She informed that just a few days before his death he actually wrote down the letter on how to edit the trailer. But, she could not make the changes as she was busy with other projects.

Michal Kwiecinski also further commented that after the release of this movie in Poland there is a sudden threat to it. “This movie was supposed to be a historical movie and not political. But, now in Poland suddenly the threat is quite visible. His {the artist} story is becoming active again,” said Michal.

The opening film, ‘AfterImage’ depicts the four grave years from 1949-1952 when sovietisation of Poland took the most radical form, and the socialist realism became the obligatory form of artistic expression.

The protagonist of the movie, Strzeminski impaired due to a missing arm and leg, falls prey to poverty and poor health as the communist authorities are in pursuit to ruin him.

This film was also screened in the Masters section at the Toronto International Film Festival. This year the 47th IFFI, under a special initiative, is also screening five masterpieces (Katyn, Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Iron, The Maids of Wilko, and The Promised Land) as a special tribute to honour Andrej’s illustrious career spanning 60 years.

The press briefing was also attended by Maria Chilarecka (sound design), Kacper Habisiak and Marcin Kasinski (audio engineers) and Katarzyna Lewinska (costume designer).

Festival director, C Senthil Rajan informed that the opening film will be screened at the four screens of the multiplex. Passes will be required only at Kala Academy to watch the film while at other venues it will be on a first-cum-first-serve basis. The screening will start after the inaugural ceremony which will be held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Taleigao.

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