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Based on Polish Nobel Prize winner, Władysław Stanisław Reymont’s eponymous novel about the birth of Polish capitalism in Łódź, The Promised Land has been chosen as the best Polish film of all times. The film is set in 19th-century Łódź, just then becoming a major manufacturing center, where three friends decide to ride the industrial wave by pooling their resources and establishing a modern textile factory. Their gambit is successful beyond their dreams, but comes at a very high cost for each of them. An analysis of masculine friendship and a nation fitfully heading towards modernity.
Member of the French, British, European and American Film Academy. After many honorary awards (Silver Bear, Golden Lion…), in 2000 he received an honorary Oscar. He was the president of Polish Filmmakers’ Association, senator of Republic of Poland (1989 – 1991), and a founder (2002) and lecturer of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. Films: Kanal (1956; award at Cannes), Ashes and Diamonds (1958; FIPRESCI Award in Venice), Man of Marble (1977, Golden Palm and FIPRESCI Award in Cannes), Rough Treatment (1978; award at Cannes), etc.