Tuesday, 15 April 2008


The news that 82 year-old Andrzej Wajda is too ill to travel to London to take part in on-stage discussions at the Barbican and the BFI South Bank is obviously worrying.

At the Barbican he was to appear on stage with Jirí Menzel and István Szabó (oddly, born just five days apart in 1938) on 25th April. Wajda's place has been taken by Agnieszka Holland who, with recent episodes of Cold Case and The Wire under her belt will certainly bring a different perspective to the event.

At the BFI Southbank Wajda was to introduce his Oscar-nominated Katyń on 22nd April, but he will be replaced with another, as yet unannounced, speaker.

I'll be at at least one of those events, so will report back.

In the meantime, here's the trailer for Katyń.

1 comment:

Michael Brooke said...

On an upbeat note, Holland almost certainly speaks fluent English (Wajda definitely doesn't: I've interviewed him!), so the event won't be quite the interpreters' nightmare that I was half-dreading.

And there's no question that she's just as qualified to talk on the subject of censorship as Wajda - in fact, I recently saw her in a rare acting role in Ryszard Bugajski's Interrogation, one of the more notorious of the banned films of the 1980s.