Wajda’s Masterful Final Film
Afterimage screened for the fourth time anywhere October 23 at the Chicago International Film Festival. Directed by Andrzej Wajda, it is the great Polish director’s final film; he died suddenly October 9 at the age of 90. Set in post–World War II communist Poland, Afterimage recreates the atmosphere of his early acclaimed films such as Ashes and Diamonds and Kanal. Based on the life of world reknowned artist Władysław Strzemiński, the film shows how his life and career were destroyed by the Stalinist government.