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Poland, 1978 (MIFF 1980, Programme 5)

Director: Andrzej Wajda

For close to three decades it seems that no film festival has been complete without a new film by Andrzej Wajda, Poland's greatest director and a film-maker with a seemingly inexhaustible capacity to renew his themes and styles. In recent years the rich historical tableau of Land of Promise was succeeded by the down to earth and honest examination of the uglier facets of socialism in Man of Marble, and now, in Rough Treatment, Wajda is preoccupied with contemporary people and the domestic chaos of their lives.

The new film concerns a middle-aged TV personality and journalist who returns home from yet another trip abroad to find that his wife is walking out on him. There is a lover involved, an abrasive young man whose political and cultural attitudes are diametrically opposed to the older man. The man must now face the protracted pain of a divorce against his will. A relentless flow of humiliations at home and office lead to disintegration.

Andrzej Wadja - Born 1926

Feature films — A Generation (1954), Kanal (1957), Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Lotna (1959), Innocent Sorcerers, Samson (1961), Ashes (1965), The Gates of Paradise (1967), Everything for Sale (1968), Hunting Flies (1969), Landscape After Battle, The Birchwood (1970), Land of Promise (1974), The Shadow Line (1976), Man of Marble (1977), Rough Treatment (1978), The Maids of Wilko (1979), The Conductor(1980).

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From his fine trilogy on the subject of war and its aftermath, Andrzej Wajda turns to the gentler subject of young intellectuals in Warsaw. The innocent sorcerers of the film's title are a young ... More »


Andrzej Wajda's The Wedding was shown at the Melbourne Festival two years ago, and this new film continues his earlier exploration of the Polish character during the difficult times of the country's ... More »


Andrzej Wajda, who earlier made Ashes and Diamonds, has turned for his latest film to a Polish play by Stanislaw Wyspianski. The Wedding reconstructs a marriage which in fact took place in 1900 at ... More »


On the first of August 1944 the city of Warsaw rose against the Nazi occupiers. Through long incredible weeks the) continued the struggle until they were defeated and the city was destroyed by the ... More »


A monument to one of the darkest secrets of the Soviet era. ... For filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, painful events from his own past have been resurrected in Katyn. The film dramatises one of the last major ... More »


It is 1976, Agnieszka, a student of the Polish Film Academy, preparing to make her first TV documentary, chooses for its subject the famous bricklaying shockworker of the Fifties, Birkut. He was a ... More »

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