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I Powidoki I

  • 1h 38 min
  • Biography, Historical drama

In 1945, as Stalin sets his hands over Poland, famous painter Wladislaw Strzeminski refuses to compromise on his art with the doctrines of social realism. Persecuted, expelled from his chair at the University, he’s eventually erased from the museums’ walls. With the help of some of his students, he starts fighting against the Party and becomes the symbol of an artistic resistance against intellectual tyranny.

This is a firecracker of a film — angry, committed, and deeply connected to the painful decisions that its brave subject is forced to make in order to retain his integrity. - PIERS HANDLING, Toronto film festival

"Afterimage" was selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

It is the final film by Wajda who died in October 2016.