Polish Directors

by kinoholik | created - 01 Feb 2011 | updated - 29 Jul 2017 | Public

1. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...

Director of global scale and universal topics. One of top directors in the entire movie history. Watching his "Decalogue" is an unforgettable mystical experience. A great artist and a great human being.

2. Andrzej Wajda

Director | Katyn

Andrzej Wajda is an Academy Award-wining director. He is the most prominent filmmaker in Poland known for The Promised Land (1975), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyn (2007).

He was Born on March 6, 1926, in Suwalki, Poland. His mother, Aniela Wajda, was a teacher at a Ukrainian school. His father, Jakub...

Master of Polish cinema, Honorary Oscar winner and a towering figure in movie history. 40 features made between 1954-2016. About 10 of them are masterpieces. All are closely tied with Polish history, literature and culture.

3. Marcel Lozinski

Director | 89 mm od Europy

Marcel Lozinski was born on May 17, 1940 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for 89 mm od Europy (1993), Zeby nie bolalo (1998) and Anything Can Happen (1995).

The most distinguished Polish documentary director. In 1970s and 80s his movies were revealing the duplicity of the communist system. However, his greatest achievement "Anything Can Happen" came in 1995 - a tiny masterpiece made in the park during strolls with his 6-year-old son.

4. Tadeusz Konwicki

Writer | Lawa. Opowiesc o 'Dziadach' Adama Mickiewicza

Tadeusz Konwicki was born on June 22, 1926 in Nowa Wilejka, Wilenskie, Poland. He was a writer and director, known for Lava (1989), The Last Day of Summer (1958) and Salto (1965). He was married to Danuta Konwicka. He died on January 7, 2015 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

One of the best Polish directors and writers. He's made only 6 feature films but all of them are great works of art. It's a pity that he's probably too incomprehensible abroad.

5. Roman Polanski

Director | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

Director-celebrity with international acclaim. Has made only 2 features in Poland. Both are masterpieces: Oscar-nominated "Knife in the Water" and Oscar-winning "The Pianist". Simply a genius.

6. Wojciech Wiszniewski

Director | Elementarz

Wojciech Wiszniewski was a son of a lawyer Wlodzimierz Wiszniewski, who died when the boy was only five. In order to make ends meet his mother Irena Czajkowska decided to rent rooms in their apartment to the students of the Film School in Lódz. Thanks to that her two sons got acquainted with a lot ...

Incredibly creative documentarian whose influential films are milestones of the genre. His distinct alegorical style made all his efforts totally unique. What a shame he died so early!

7. Krzysztof Zanussi

Director | Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa

Born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland. Documentary and feature film director. Studied physics at Warsaw University and philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Graduated from Lodz Film Academy in 1966. Amateur film maker. His school diploma film 'Death of a Provincial' (The Death of a Provincial (...

The intellectual of Polish cinema. His movies deal with moral, religious and philosophical dilemmas of his generation. One of the key directors of the so-called moral anxiety cinema of the 1970s.

8. Wojciech Has

Director | Pozegnania

Born in Kraków, Poland, in 1925. Feature film director. Graduated in 1946 from Cracow Film Institute, also studied painting. From 1947 to 1957 made a number of documentary shorts and educational films. Feature film debut: _The Noose_ (Petla, 1958, co-scr.). Other films: _Farewells_ (Pozegnania, ...

Uniquely versatile auteur, inspired by great literature. His most famous film "The Saragossa Manuscript" has been admired by many, including Bunuel, Coppola, Scorsese...

9. Agnieszka Holland

Director | Pokot

Agnieszka Holland was born 28 of November 1948 in Warsaw but went to Czechoslovakia to study film directing at FAMU in Prague. She began her film career working in Poland with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before ...

Her films are uneven but some are fantastic, especially early works in Poland like "A Lonely Woman" and most of all "Europa Europa". Her political engagement in the situation in Poland is also worth appreciation.

10. Marek Koterski

Director | Dzien swira

Marek Koterski was born on June 3, 1942 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Day of the Wacko (2002), 7 uczuc (2018) and We're All Christs (2006). He is married to Malgorzata Bogdanska. He was previously married to Iwona Ciesielska.

Cinema is for him an act of self-therapy. By revealing his character's obsessions and frustrations (the character Adam Miauczynski is always the same), he describes the lives of many frustrated Polish intellectuals.

11. Jerzy Skolimowski

Actor | The Avengers

Born in Lódz, Poland, in 1938. Director, playwright, scriptwriter, and actor. Graduated in ethnology, literature and history from Warsaw University in 1959. Graduated from Lódz Film Academy in directing in 1962. Feature debut: _Identification Marks - None_ (Rysopis, 1964, scr., dir, act.), awarded ...

Director, actor, writer, poet, painter. Artist in all fields. He represented Polish 1960s New Wave movement. And his films from that time are marvellous. So are his new works from the 21st century.

12. Jerzy Kawalerowicz

Director | Pociag

Jerzy Kawalerowicz was born on January 19, 1922 in Gwozdziec, Stanislawowskie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Night Train (1959), Mother Joan of the Angels (1961) and Smierc prezydenta (1977). He was married to Malgorzata Dipont, Maria Güntner and Lucyna Winnicka. He died on ...

Nicknamed the pharaoh of Polish cinema ("Pharaoh" was his Oscar-nominated film), was known for his exceptional versatility. I appreciate him greatly for the Hitchcockian "Night Train", one of the best Polish movies of all time.

13. Stanislaw Rózewicz

Director | Drzwi w murze

Stanislaw Rózewicz was born on August 16, 1924 in Radomsko, Lódzkie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Drzwi w murze (1974), Kobieta w kapeluszu (1985) and Opadly liscie z drzew (1975). He was married to Irena Rózewiczowa. He died on November 9, 2008 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

The most modest and humble of all Polish filmmakers. Made intelligent, sensitive and lyrical stuff. Even for most movie fans, he remains an undiscovered diamond.

14. Zbigniew Rybczynski

Director | The Orchestra

Zbigniew Rybczynski (Rib-chin-ski) was born on January 27, 1949, in Lodz, Poland, but was raised in Warsaw, where he attended an arts high school and was trained as a painter. He went on to study cinematography at the world-renowned Lodz Film School, where he began experimenting with the film ...

The greatest Polish animator and video clips creator. Won an Oscar for his best effort "Tango". Is the only Oscar winner to get to the top and bottom during the same night - right after accepting the Academy Award, he was arrested and spent the rest of the night in jail.

15. Kazimierz Kutz

Director | Paciorki jednego rózanca

Born in 1929 in Szopienice, Upper Silesia, to a railway worker's family. After graduating from secondary school he enrolled in the Directing Faculty at Theatre and Film School, graduating in 1954.

In 1959, he debuted with a film entitled Krzyz Walecznych (1959). He has gone on to direct over 20 ...

Has brought the poetic vision of his native Silesia to the silver screen. Unfortunately, he left movies for politics - he's been a senator for a long time now. His long-lasting silence as a director is a huge loss for Polish cinema.

16. Krzysztof Krauze

Director | Dlug

Krzysztof Krauze was born on April 2, 1953 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for The Debt (1999), Saviour Square (2006) and Papusza (2013). He was married to Joanna Kos-Krauze, Ewa Salacka and Malgorzata Szurmiej. He died on December 24, 2014 in Warsaw.

His brutal yet true portrayal of the 1990s Polish capitalism in "The Debt" remains one of the most remarkable visions in modern cinema. After that triumph, he achieved more success with "My Nikifor" and the unforgettable "Saviour Square".

17. Andrzej Munk

Director | Pasazerka

Andrzej Munk was born on October 16, 1920 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Passenger (1963), Eroica (1958) and Blekitny krzyz (1955). He died on September 20, 1961 in Lowicz, Lódzkie, Poland.

One of the pillars of the Polish Film School movement of the late 1950s. Holds a strong position of an undisputable classic auteur of Polish cinema. His ironic look at history and morality never stops to be missed.

18. Pawel Lozinski

Director | Werka

Pawel Lozinski was born on December 4, 1965 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Werka (2014), Sisters (1999) and Chemo (2009).

Like his father Marcel, he's become a remarkable documentarian. Among his many fabulous titles, the most outstanding is "Birthplace" about a Holocaust survivor investigating the death of his loved ones in his native village. A true gem!

19. Jan Jakub Kolski

Director | Historia kina w Popielawach

Son of editor Roman Kolski, brother of editor Ewa Pakulska.

Director of a unique poetic language, who constantly revolves around his small-town homeland and family history. Of his numerous works, "Jancio Wodnik" stands out as the one which has lost nothing of its freshness and authenticity.

20. Dorota Kedzierzawska

Director | Pora umierac

Dorota Kedzierzawska was born on June 1, 1957 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. She is a director and writer, known for Time to Die (2007), Nic (1998) and Crows (1994).

She's made so many films which are actually still the same constantly repeated vision of lost childhood and the harshness of coming of age. "The Crows" are most recommended.

21. Aleksander Ford

Director | Piatka z ulicy Barskiej

Aleksander Ford was born on November 24, 1908 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Mosze Lifszyc. He was a director and writer, known for Five from Barska Street (1954), Black Cross (1960) and The Eighth Day of the Week (1958). He was married to Eleanor Griswold, Janina Wieczerzynska and Olga Minska. He died...

The founding father of Polish cinema after the industry's wartime destruction. His "Border Street" is still touching in its utter sincerity. It's a pity that at the end of his life Ford was forced to emigrate and fall into oblivion, which finally resulted in his suicide.

One of the best 21st century directors in the business. His works are characterized by lightness, grace, vitality and intelligence. A name to remember for the future.

23. Wojciech Marczewski

Director | Dreszcze

Wojciech Marczewski was born on February 28, 1944 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. He is known for his work on Shivers (1981), Escape from the 'Liberty' Cinema (1990) and Nightmares (1979). He is married to Teresa Marczewska. They have two children.

Made it to the list mainly for his wonderful Stalinist drama "Shivers", which is hard to get out of your head. Marczewski is also a talented teacher of directing, who used to advise and inspire the future Dogma filmmakers in Denmark.

A fan of real and mental provincial life portrayals, which we can see in all of his films, even if they are set in Warsaw (like the marvellous "A Few People, A Little Time"). No one has captured the thick small-town atmosphere better than he has.

25. Stanislaw Bareja

Director | Mis

Stanislaw Bareja was born on December 5, 1929 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland as Stanislaw Sylwester Bareja. He was a director and actor, known for Teddy Bear (1981), Przygoda z piosenka (1969) and Maz swojej zony (1961). He was married to Hanna Kotkowska-Bareja. He died on June 14, 1987 in Essen, ...

The king of Polish comedy, well-known for laughing out loud at the absurdities of communism. But his greatness is best visible in a few lyrical moments in his movies, like in the memorable carol-singing ending of the cult classic "Teddy Bear".

26. Wojciech Smarzowski

Writer | Dom zly

Wojciech Smarzowski is a famous Polish screenwriter and director. He studied filmmaking at the Jagiellonian University and the National Film School in Lódz. He started his film career as a video camera operator. He received Polish Academy Award for Best Director for 4 times (2004, 2009, 2011, 2017)....

One of those filmmakers of today that you should watch out for. His scope and talent is nothing short of spectacular. Smarzowski's brutal and candid eye-opening look at Polish history and modern life is utterly overwhelming.

27. Witold Leszczynski

Director | Siekierezada

Witold Leszczynski was born on August 16, 1933 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Siekierezada (1986), Zywot Mateusza (1968) and Konopielka (1982). He died on September 1, 2007 in Lódz.

His depictions of Polish countryside, always based on great literature, are real discoveries for the viewers. Entered the world of movies with his undoubtful masterpiece entitled "The Life of Matthew".

28. Filip Bajon

Director | Aria dla atlety

Filip Bajon was born on August 25, 1947 in Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Aria dla atlety (1979), Poznan 56 (1996) and Wizja lokalna 1901 (1980).

Seems to have his best years far behind, with such great 1980s flicks like "The Magnate" and "Shilly-Shally". It's a shame that his last works are just vague reflections of his undisputable talent.

29. Robert Glinski

Director | Czesc Tereska

Robert Glinski was born on April 17, 1952 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He is known for his work on Hi, Tereska (2001), Piggies (2009) and Niedzielne igraszki (1983).

A very uneven director who managed to make some wonderful movies about a troubled and disturbing childhood - in Stalinist times ("Sunday Pranks") as well as in modern Warsaw suburbs ("Hi Tessa"). Used to be the rector of the legendary Łódź National Film School.

30. Feliks Falk

Director | Joanna

Feliks Falk was born on February 25, 1941 in Stanislawów, Stanislawowskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Joanna (2010), The Collector (2005) and Bohater roku (1987).

A great craftsman and talented storyteller. I especially admire his unbelievably sharp early classic "Top Dog", which is a milestone in Polish moral anxiety cinema of the 1970s.

31. Lech Majewski

Writer | Mlyn i krzyz

Lech Majewski was born on August 30, 1953 in Katowice, Slaskie, Poland. He is a writer and director, known for The Mill and the Cross (2011), Wojaczek (1999) and The Garden of Earthly Delights (2004).

Director-painter with his own poetic style of storytelling. His films usually deal with the lives and works of other artists, like Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel or Polish suicidal poet Rafal Wojaczek. Majewski is capable of turning a static painting into a passionate movie scene and vice versa.

32. Janusz Morgenstern

Director | Jowita

Janusz Morgenstern was born on November 16, 1922 in Mikulince, Tarnopolskie, Poland. He was a director and producer, known for Jovita (1967), Zólty szalik (2000) and The Collector (2005). He died on September 6, 2011 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

His debut film still lives vividly in my memory, just like a great summer holiday experience. The importance of his works doesn't have anything to do with their originality or uniqueness but with their truthful nature and down-to-earth realism.

33. Tadeusz Chmielewski

Writer | Ewa chce spac

Tadeusz Chmielewski was born on June 7, 1927 in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Lódzkie, Poland. He was a writer and director, known for Eve Wants to Sleep (1958), Wierna rzeka (1987) and In Heaven as It Is on Earth (1998). He was married to Halina Chmielewska. He died on December 4, 2016 in Warsaw, ...

His classic screwball comedies, like "Ewa Wants to Sleep" or "I Hate Mondays", are so sweet and warm-hearted that it's hard not to resist their humour, sensitivity and intelligence in capturing the absurdities of living under communism.

34. Wladyslaw Pasikowski

Writer | Jack Strong

Wladyslaw Pasikowski was born on June 14, 1959 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. He is a writer and director, known for Jack Strong (2014), Pigs (1992) and Kroll (1991).

A recluse who always stays away from the media and interviews. Stood behind the biggest blockbusters of 1990s and then for a long time kept silent. His newest efforts "Aftermath" and "Jack Strong" are bold attempts to reveal the secrets of modern Polish history.

35. Andrzej Kondratiuk

Director | Cztery pory roku

Andrzej Kondratiuk was born on July 20, 1936 in Pinsk, Poleskie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Cztery pory roku (1985), Dziura w ziemi (1970) and Wrzeciono czasu (1995). He was married to Iga Cembrzynska. He died on June 22, 2016 in Grójec, Mazowieckie, Poland.

After his spoof of superhero movies "Hydromystery", he moved to a country house with his wife and never stopped making films there, close to nature and far away from the big city life. Invented his own distinct style and used his family members to tell touching stories, largely without any plots.

36. Juliusz Machulski

Writer | Seksmisja

Film director, script writer and actor. Born in Olsztyn, Poland, in 1955. In 1978 graduated from the Lodz Film Academy. 1984-85 studied in Cal Arts, Valencia, California. Winner of the Stanislaw Wyspianski Award for Young Artists 1985, and a number of festival honours. Since 1988 artistic manager ...

Enfant terrible of Polish cinema aka the local Steven Spielberg. Has made numerous hits among both critics and viewers. His best work is still "Sexmission", the hilarious antifeminist dystopia.

37. Marek Piwowski

Director | Przepraszam, czy tu bija?

Marek Piwowski was born on October 24, 1935 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Excuse Me, Is It Here They Beat Up People? (1976), Psychodrama (1972) and Krok (1998).

One of the greatest comic talents among Polish directors. Responsible for the immortal cult classic "The Cruise", but also memorable shorts, docs and TV productions.

38. Jerzy Hoffman

Director | Ogniem i mieczem

Jerzy Hoffman was born on March 15, 1932 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for With Fire and Sword (1999), The Deluge (1974) and Trzy kroki po ziemi (1965). He is married to Jagoda Pradzynska. He was previously married to Walentyna and Marlena.

This skillful craftsman was behind many historical blockbuster epics, including Oscar-nominated "The Deluge". But what I value most is the artistry in his classic early docs and features, like the western-style "The Law and the Fist".

39. Janusz Majewski

Director | Mala matura 1947

Janusz Majewski was born on August 5, 1931 in Lwów, Lwowskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Mala matura 1947 (2010), Sublokator (1966) and Excentrycy, czyli po slonecznej stronie ulicy (2015). He was previously married to Zofia Nasierowska.

Having been active for nearly half a century, he's responsible for many light comedies and period pieces, but always with a meaning. What distinguishes his works is their clear historical setting and focus on ordinary people with humour and wit.

Another great documentarian. He's specialised in portraying distant cultures, like India, Africa or North Korea. In fact his best work, "The Parade", is an ironic look at North Korean dictatorship shot when the country was celebrating the 40th anniversary of its existence.

41. Janusz Zaorski

Director | Matka Królów

Janusz Zaorski was born on September 19, 1947 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Matka Królów (1987), Pokój z widokiem na morze (1978) and Szczesliwego Nowego Jorku (1997). He is married to Anna Osmólska-Metrak.

In the 1970s and 80s was one of the most seminal Polish directors, making such acclaimed classics as "The Mother of Kings" or "Lake Constance". Later on his career has only gone downhill, but he still deserves much appreciation.

42. Jan Lomnicki

Director | Narodziny statku

Jan Lomnicki was born on June 30, 1929 in Podhajce, Tarnopolskie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Birth of a Ship (1961), Ocalic miasto (1976) and Jeszcze tylko ten las (1991). He died on December 18, 2002 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

A modest creator of classic docs and features. Especially worthwhile are "Dowry" about a provincial doomed love triangle, and "Just Beyond This Forest" - the story of a bond between an old Polish woman and a Jewish girl from the Warsaw ghetto.

43. Pawel Pawlikowski

Director | Zimna wojna

A literature and philosophy graduate, with extensive post-graduate work at Oxford on German literature, Polish-born Pawel Pawlikowski started as a documentary filmmaker in British television.

His second feature, Last Resort (2000), earned him international critical acclaim at numerous festivals, ...

Director behind the only Oscar-winning movie from Poland to win in the Best Foreign Language Film category. "Ida" is the work of astonishing subtlety, grace and humanism. It's a post-Holocaust story firmly set in the Polish reality of the 1960s.

44. Tomasz Wasilewski

Writer | Plynace wiezowce

Born 1980. Polish scriptwriter and director. Member of European Film Academy. He graduated from Academy of Film and Television and The National Film School in Lodz. His full - length feature debut In a Bedroom (W sypialni) had it's world premiere in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2012 ...

After the groundbreaking first Polish gay movie "Floating Skyscrapers", this new talented helmer made "United States of Love" - a thought-provoking film about the democratic changes in Poland from women's perspective. Watch out for this name in the future!

45. Ryszard Bugajski

Director | Przesluchanie

Ryszard Bugajski began his career working with Andrzej Wajda at Studio X in the late 70's. When he was pressured by the secret police to become an informant at the Studio, Bugajski vowed to try and bring down the Communist regime. To that end he shot his first feature film, "Interrogation", as ...

Filmmaker responsible for the best movie about Stalinism - the award-winning "Interrogation". The legendary title was banned in 1980s Poland but distributed illegaly on videos. After the fall of communism, the director pursued his career with films about history, injustice and corruption.

Distinguished documentary filmmaker whose fascinating debut "Hear My Cry" is one of the best Polish docs ever made. It's a harrowing tale of an ordinary man who burned himself alive in protest against the Soviet invasion in Czechoslovakia.

47. Malgorzata Szumowska

Director | W imie...

One of the most prominent Polish directors of today, Malgorzata Szumowska was born in Kraków in 1973. She's been directing, writing and producing feature and documentary films. Her movies have received many awards, for example Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for "33 Scenes from Life" or...

Her films are extremely uneven - all of them have potential but none gives real fulfilment. However, the personal "33 Scenes from Life" and the award-winning "Body" prove that she's got a talent. I hope we'll see more proof in the not so distant future.

The most distinguished director of pre-war Poland. Made adaptations of modern literature and historical pieces, usually with romantic foreground. Although he left for Israel at the start of WW2 and continued to make films there and later on in the USA, it was in 1930s Poland that he achieved his greatest success.

49. Andrzej Zulawski

Writer | Possession

Born in Lvov, Ukraine; then he moved with his father Miroslaw Zulawski to Czechoslovakia and later to Poland. In the late 1950s, he studied cinema in France. In the 1960s, he was an assistant of the famous Polish film director Andrzej Wajda. His feature debut The Third Part of the Night (1971) was ...

What a controversial figure! Started out in the 1970s with brilliant innovative works like "The Third Part of the Night" or "The Devil", both in a nightmare-like style. Then he moved abroad and made pretentious movies, hitting the total bottom with the disgusting "Szamanka".

50. Wanda Jakubowska

Director | Ostatni etap

Wanda Jakubowska was born on October 10, 1907 in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire. She is known for her work on The Last Stage (1948), Król Macius I (1958) and Pozegnanie z diablem (1957). She died on February 24, 1998 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

The founding mother of Polish cinema, an Auschwitz survivor, a devout communist and a respected film school professor. Most of her movies were pure communist propaganda. However, her painful debut "The Last Stage" remains the first ever cinematic depiction of Auschwitz and the first international post-war success of a Polish movie.

53. Jan Rybkowski

Director | Dzis w nocy umrze miasto

Jan Rybkowski was born on April 4, 1912 in Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland, Russian Empire. He was a director and writer, known for Dzis w nocy umrze miasto (1961), Sposób bycia (1966) and Dom na pustkowiu (1949). He died on December 29, 1987 in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Mazowieckie, Poland.

54. Marcin Koszalka

Cinematographer | Czerwony pajak

Cinematographer in many significant works of contemporary Polish cinema; two-time winner of the award for Best Cinematography at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia and Bronze Frog at Camerimage, thrice nominated for the Polish Film Awards: Eagles. A member of the Polish and European Film Academy. ...

55. Bartosz Konopka

Director | Lek wysokosci

One of the most awarded young Polish filmmakers. Graduated Film Science in Jagiellonian University Cracow, Krzysztof Kieslowski Film Department in Katowice University and Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. He makes both documentaries and features. Received over 30 awards for his films ...

56. Michal Rosa

Director | Rysa

Michal Rosa was born on September 27, 1963 in Zabrze, Slaskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Scratch (2008), Silence (2001) and Co slonko widzialo (2006).

57. Czeslaw Petelski

Director | Czarne skrzydla

Father of director Janusz Petelski.

59. Mariusz Trelinski

Director | Lagodna

Mariusz Trelinski is a film, opera and theatre director. He graduated from The Lodz Film School (PWSFTviT), where directors such as Krzysztof Kieslowski, Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda studied. His television debut, The Rump of a big whale (1987) was acclaimed by critics becoming the manifesto of...

60. Jacek Blawut

Director | Jeszcze nie wieczór

Jacek Blawut was born on November 3, 1950 in Zagórze Slaskie, Dolnoslaskie, Poland. He is known for his work on Before Twilight (2008), Nienormalni (1990) and Born Dead (2004). He is married to Elzbieta Blawut. They have two children.

61. Kazimierz Karabasz

Director | Muzykanci

Kazimierz Karabasz was born on May 6, 1930 in Bydgoszcz, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland as Kazimierz Mieczyslaw Karabasz. He was a director and writer, known for The Musicians (1960), A Year in the Life of Franek W. (1968) and Pierwszy krok (1962). He was married to Lidia Zonn. He died on August 11, ...

62. Edward Zebrowski

Writer | Szpital Przemienienia

Edward Zebrowski was born on July 26, 1935 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He was a writer and director, known for Hospital of the Transfiguration (1979), W bialy dzien (1981) and Three Colors: Blue (1993). He died on February 13, 2014 in Warsaw.

63. Sylwester Checinski

Director | Kochaj albo rzuc

Sylwester Checinski was born on May 21, 1930 in Susiec, Lubelskie, Poland. He is a director and assistant director, known for Kochaj albo rzuc (1977), Nie ma mocnych (1974) and Katastrofa (1966).

64. Piotr Dumala

Writer | Las

Piotr Dumala was born on July 9, 1956 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He is known for his work on The Forest (2009), Crime and Punishment (2000) and Ederly (2015).

66. Barbara Sass

Director | Pokuszenie

Barbara Sass was born on October 14, 1936 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. She was a director and writer, known for Temptation (1995), Bez milosci (1980) and W imieniu diabla (2011). She was married to Wieslaw Zdort. She died on April 2, 2015 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

67. Daniel Szczechura

Director | Fotel

Daniel Szczechura was born on July 11, 1930 in Wilczogeby, Mazowieckie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Fotel (1964), Hobby (1968) and Dobranocka (1997).

68. Grzegorz Królikiewicz

Director | Przypadek Pekosinskiego

Polish film director, born in 1939. Married, three children. He has been getting experience by making documentary films and TV theater of fact, before he made in 1972 his first feature film ''Right through''. By that time he perpetually takes advantages of his talent in many topics and technics. ...

69. Leonard Buczkowski

Director | Orzel

Leonard Buczkowski was born on August 5, 1900 in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire. He was a director and writer, known for Orzel (1959), Szyb L-23 (1932) and Bialy Murzyn (1939). He was married to Barbara Orwid. He died on February 19, 1967 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

70. Witold Giersz

Director | Czerwone i czarne

Witold Giersz was born on February 26, 1927 in Poraj, Slaskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Czerwone i czarne (1964), The Stuntman (1972) and The Horse (1967).

71. Stanislaw Jedryka

Director | Dom bez okien

Stanislaw Jedryka was born on July 27, 1933 in Sosnowiec, Slaskie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Dom bez okien (1962), Porwanie (1985) and Teatr telewizji (1953). He died on April 22, 2019 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

72. Jerzy Bossak

Director | Wrzesien - tak bylo...

Jerzy Bossak was born on July 31, 1910 in Rostov-on-Don, Russian Empire. He is known for his work on Wrzesien - tak bylo... (1961), Requiem dla 500 tysiecy (1963) and Peace Will Win (1951). He died on May 23, 1989 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

73. Lukasz Palkowski

Director | Bogowie

Lukasz Palkowski was born on March 2, 1976 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Gods (2014), Rezerwat (2007) and Breaking the Limits (2017).

75. Henryk Szaro

Director | Mocny czlowiek

He has studied in St. Petersburg at Vsevolod Meyerhold.

76. Radoslaw Piwowarski

Director | Yesterday

Radoslaw Piwowarski was born on February 20, 1948 in Olszówka Dolna, Bielsko-Biala, Slaskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Yesterday (1985), Kochankowie mojej mamy (1986) and Kolejnosc uczuc (1993).

77. Janusz Kondratiuk

Director | Jak pies z kotem

Janusz Kondratiuk was born on September 19, 1943 in Ak-Bulak, Kazakh SSR, USSR. He is a director and writer, known for A Cat with a Dog (2018), Milion dolarów (2011) and Klakier (1983).

79. Borys Lankosz

Director | Rewers

Borys Lankosz is one of the most popular Polish filmmakers of his generation. Alumnus of the famous National Film School in Lodz, he made his debut in 2001 with a harrowing documentary 'Evolution' about neglected patients of a mental institution, awarded on various international documentary ...

80. Michal Waszynski

Director | Fiamme sul mare

Michal Waszynski was born on September 29, 1904 in Kowel, Poland, Russian Empire as Mosze Waks. He was a director and producer, known for Fiamme sul mare (1947), Bedzie lepiej (1936) and District Attorney (1933). He died on February 20, 1965 in Madrid, Spain.

81. Jan Lenica

Director | Adam 2

Jan Lenica was born on January 4, 1928 in Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Adam 2 (1968), Die Nashörner (1964) and Labyrinth (1963). He died on October 5, 2001 in Berlin, Germany.

82. Janusz Kijowski

Director | Kung-fu

Janusz Kijowski was born on December 14, 1948 in Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Kung-fu (1979), Indeks (1977) and Stan strachu (1989).

83. Jerzy Stuhr

Actor | Historie milosne

Jerzy Stuhr was born on April 18, 1947 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland as Jerzy Oskar Stuhr. He is an actor and director, known for Love Stories (1997), Camera Buff (1979) and Tydzien z zycia mezczyzny (1999). He is married to Barbara Stuhr. They have two children.

86. Henryk Kluba

Director | 5 i 1/2 Bladego Józka

Henryk Kluba was born on January 9, 1931 in Przystajnia, Wielkopolskie, Poland. He was an actor and director, known for 5 i 1/2 Bladego Józka (1971), Sowizdrzal Swietokrzyski (1980) and Chudy i inni (1967). He died on June 11, 2005 in Konin, Wielkopolskie.

87. Janusz Nasfeter

Director | Nie bede cie kochac

Janusz Nasfeter was born on August 15, 1920 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Nie bede cie kochac (1974), Niekochana (1966) and Ten okrutny, nikczemny chlopak (1972). He was married to Teresa Nasfeter. He died on April 1, 1998 in Warsaw.

88. Wieslaw Saniewski

Writer | Nadzór

Wieslaw Saniewski, born 1948, graduated in mathematics at the Wroclaw University and went on to study screenwriting at the Lodz Film School. After writing several screenplays, he worked as an assistant for Andrzej Wajda. In 1971, he graduated with the short film Wielki Swiat (The Great World), ...

89. Waldemar Krzystek

Director | Mala Moskwa

Waldemar Krzystek was born on November 23, 1953 in Swobnica, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Mala Moskwa (2008), The Photographer (2014) and Dismissed from Life (1992).

90. Walerian Borowczyk

Director | Docteur Jekyll et les femmes

Born in Kwilcz, Poland, Walerian Borowczyk trained as a painter and lithographer, winning Poland's National Prize in 1953. He began his film career as a film poster designer, then started making short animated films in the late 1950s. Moving to France in the early 1960s, he gained a reputation as a...

91. Xawery Zulawski

Director | Wojna polsko-ruska

Xawery Zulawski was born on December 22, 1971 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He is a director and actor, known for Snow White and Russian Red (2009), Chaos (2006) and Diagnoza (2017).

92. Andrzej Brzozowski

Director | To jest jajko

Andrzej Brzozowski was born on February 20, 1932 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for This Is an Egg (1966), Archaeology (1968) and Salome (1969). He died on July 26, 2005 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

93. Jan Komasa

Director | Sala samobójców

Son of actor Wieslaw Komasa and singer Gina Komasa. Brother of singer Mary Komasa.

96. Marcin Wrona

Director | Demon

Director, scriptwriter, producer.

Graduated from schools in Poland and Amsterdam. Member of the European and the Polish Film Academy. Annual Award of the Ministry of Culture in 2011 PhD in film directing 2011.

His short diploma film "Magnet Man" (2001), won acclaim at numerous film festivals ...

97. Lukasz Barczyk

Director | Przemiany

Lukasz Barczyk was born on September 2, 1974 in Olkusz, Malopolskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Changes (2003), Unmoved Mover (2008) and Influence (2015).

98. Magdalena Piekorz

Director | Pregi

Magdalena Piekorz was born on October 2, 1974 in Sosnowiec, Slaskie, Poland. She is a director and writer, known for The Welts (2004), Drowsiness (2008) and Close-ups (2014).

99. Przemyslaw Wojcieszek

Writer | Made in Poland

Przemyslaw Wojcieszek was born on March 18, 1974 in Miloszyce, Dolnoslaskie, Poland. He is a writer and director, known for Made in Poland (2010), Down the Colourful Hill (2004) and Louder Than Bombs (2001).

100. Greg Zglinski

Director | Wymyk

Born in 1968 in Warsaw. Former guitarist and bassist in rock formations in Switzerland, where he lived for 15 years. Pantomime and acting schools in Zurich, language schools in France and Australia. He graduated in 1996 from the film directing department at the Film School in Lodz (PWSFTViT) under ...



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