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Polish Director Wajda Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Berlin

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire February 15, 2006 at 9:59AM

Polish director Andrzej Wajda received an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement today at the Berlin International Film Festival. His films "Kanal" and "Ashes and Diamonds" drew on his experience resisting the Nazis. He also directed the Oscar-nominated films "Land of Promise" and "The Maids of Wilko." "On Wednesday, Wajda told reporters he is still filming a movie devoted to the 1940 Katyn massacre, the killing of thousands of Polish prisoners -- including the filmmaker's father -- by Soviet secret police." Actor Ian McKellan also accepted an Honorary Golden Bear earlier in the festival. The AP reports.
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Polish director Andrzej Wajda received an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement today at the Berlin International Film Festival. His films "Kanal" and "Ashes and Diamonds" drew on his experience resisting the Nazis. He also directed the Oscar-nominated films "Land of Promise" and "The Maids of Wilko." "On Wednesday, Wajda told reporters he is still filming a movie devoted to the 1940 Katyn massacre, the killing of thousands of Polish prisoners -- including the filmmaker's father -- by Soviet secret police." Actor Ian McKellan also accepted an Honorary Golden Bear earlier in the festival. The AP reports.