"Angry, vivid, passionate."
-Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
"Triumphant... one of the year's best pictures."
-John Fink, The Film Stage
THIS OCTOBER, FILM MOVEMENT PRESENTS LEGENDARY DIRECTOR ANDRZEJ WAJDA'S FINAL FILM -- POLAND'S
OFFICIAL SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM -- A PASSIONATE PORTRAIT OF A RENOWNED AVANT-GARDE
PAINTER WHO BATTLED STALINISM
Called "a Fitting Coda for Wajda's Career" This Powerful Biopic --
a New York Times Critic's Pick -- arrives on Blu-ray + DVD Combo on
NOVEMBER 7, 2017; Bonus Features Include the Feature-Length HD Documentary "Wajda by Wajda" and Commentary by History/Theory
of Cinema Professor Emeritus Stuart Liebman
AFTERIMAGE, legendary director Andrzej Wajda's final film, is a passionate portrait of renowned avant-garde painter, Władysław Strzemiński, who challenged Stalinist orthodoxy. On October 24, Film Movement will release this powerful biopic -- Poland's Official Submission for Best Foreign Language Film at this past year's Academy Awards -- as a Blu-ray + DVD combo for $39.95.
Looking at the last years of the controversial and visionary artists' life, AFTERIMAGE follows Poland's best-known interwar artist and theoretician as he wages war against Stalinism. Though he didn't start painting until after becoming a double amputee, the ever-compelling and charismatic Strzemiński eventually became a professor at the National School of Fine Arts in Lodz. It's there that students treat him like the "messiah of modern painting," but university authorities and the Ministry of Culture have a differing opinion. Refusing to comply with Party regulations, the rebellious artist is eventually expelled from the university and the artists' union. And as the Communist authorities continue their efforts to ruin him, Strzemiński, brilliantly played by Polish superstar Boguslaw Linda, remains steadfast in his political and artistic convictions.
Called "a fitting capstone" to the career of Wajda and "a strong story from a cinematic master," Dan Fainaru of Screen Daily also called AFTERIMAGE "an essential addition to the tragic cultural history of the communist era in Eastern Europe and the disasters wrecked by this totalitarian rule."
The feature-length HD documentary "Wajda by Wadja" (95 mins.) - The filmmaker offers a unique perspective on his work and provides us with the keys to understanding it shortly before his death.
Commentary by History and Theory of Cinema Professor Emeritus Stuart Liebman from the CUNY Graduate Center
Type: Blu-ray + DVD
Running Time: 100 mins. + extras
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: (BD) DTS-HD Master Audio/5.1 Dolby Digital / (DVD) 5.1 Dolby Digital/2.0 Stereo
Language: Polish with English Subtitles
About Film Movement
Celebrating its 15th year, Film Movement is a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide, and last year it had its first Academy Award-nominated film, Naji Abu Nowar's THEEB. Film Movement's theatrical distribution strategy has evolved to include promising American independent films, documentaries, and an even stronger slate of foreign art house titles. Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com.