FIPRESCI 2009 Prize for Andrzej Wajda

Posted Dec 3, 2009 by Maciej Lewandowski
Famous Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has been awarded the Euro Film Critics Award Prix FIPRESCI 2009 for his latest movie, Sweet Rush (Tatarak).
Andrzej Wajda (b. 1926)  Polish film director
Andrzej Wajda (b. 1926), Polish film director
Mariusz Kubik
FIPRESCI’s General Secretary Klaus Eder said:
For us critics it is without doubt a big pleasure to honour Wajda, who wrote European film history already with his first films (GENERATION, KANAL, ASHES AND DIAMONDS) and who has influenced generations of filmmakers. We are therefore pleased and honoured to show him all our respect as critics. Our award also honours his latest film TATARAK. It’s not at all what you would call a later work - it is, on the contrary, the film of a young spirit, with which Wajda in a risky and courageous way undertakes to open new and very personal perspectives for the European authors’ cinema of today.
Sweet Rush is partly based on a short story by well-known Polish writer, Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz. Wajda made a film about a film, showing the team working on the plan, interspersed with a painful Krystyna Janda's monologue. The Polish actress, who launched her career in Wajda's landmark Man of Marble, brings out the smallest details of memory of the time which she spent with her terminally ill husband, and Wajda's longtime cinematographer, Edward Klosiński.
Wajda, called by the Hollywoodreporter website a "Polish film legend", will be attending the European Film Awards Ceremony on 12 Dec. in German city Bochum, to accept the award on stage.