Afterimage (2016)

A story of Władysław Strzemiński, an avangarde painter, who did not give in to socialist realism being ruthlessly enforced by Communist regime in the post-war Poland. The tragic consequences of a struggle for artistic freedom in the totalitarian system of power unfold at first slowly, but gradually lead a charismatic, defiant man into the abyss.

Afterimage becomes a multilayered, intellectual battle on a role of art and freedom of expression;  a film - caution; a film about a man / an artist destroyed by the system; a film on how dangerous it is to fuse political power with a will to shape people's consciousness.

The paintings featured as the works by Władysław Strzemiński's students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, created by Jakub Stępień, follow i.a. the art of Artur Nacht-Samborski ("Leaves in a White Vase on a Table", c. 1970, National Museum in Warsaw) and Jan Cybis ("Still Life", 1971, National Museum in Warsaw).  


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Directed by: Andrzej Wajda

Writter by: Andrzej Mularczyk

Cinematography by: Paweł Edelman

Production designer: Marek Warszewski

Costume designer: Katarzyna Lewińska

Makeup: Janusz Kaleja

Cast: Bogusław Linda, Bronisława Zamachowska, Zofia Wichłacz, Tomasz Włosok, Paulina Gałązka, Mateusz Rusin, Irena Melcer