My favourite Polish filmmakers

by Koyaanisqatsi4 | created - 03 Sep 2014 | updated - 23 Feb 2015 | Public

1. 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.

2. 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 ...

3. 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.

4. 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 ...

5. 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.

6. 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, ...

7. 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...

8. Roman Polanski

Actor | 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 ...

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9. 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 (...

10. 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 (...

11. 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.

13. Wojciech Smarzowski

Writer | Kler

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)....

14. 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 ...

15. Roman Zaluski

Director | Komedia malzenska

Roman Zaluski was born on December 10, 1936 in Lida, Nowogródzkie, Poland. He is a director and assistant director, known for Komedia malzenska (1994), Wsciekly (1980) and Jesli sie odnajdziemy (1983).

16. 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.

17. Wladyslaw Pasikowski

Director | Jack Strong

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

18. 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).

19. 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...

20. 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.

21. 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).

22. 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).

23. 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 ...

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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...

27. Piotr Szulkin

Director | Wojna swiatów - nastepne stulecie

Piotr Szulkin was born on April 26, 1950 in Gdansk, Pomorskie, Poland as Piotr Andrzej Szulkin. He was a director and writer, known for The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981), Golem (1980) and Ga, Ga - Chwala bohaterom (1986). He was married to Renata Karwowska-Szulkin. He died on August 3, ...

28. 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 ...

29. Jacek Koprowicz

Director | Medium

Jacek Koprowicz was born on November 3, 1947 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Medium (1985), Alchemik (1989) and Mystification (2010).

30. Jan Jakub Kolski

Director | Historia kina w Popielawach

Jan Jakub Kolski was born on January 29, 1956 in Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for History of Cinema in Popielawy (1998), Venice (2010) and Grajacy z talerza (1995).

31. 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.

33. 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).

34. 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.

35. Izabella Cywinska

Director | Kochankowie z Marony

Izabella Cywinska was born on March 25, 1935 in Kamien, Lubelskie, Poland. She is a director and writer, known for The Lovers of Marona (2005), Television Theater (1953) and Boza podszewka (1997).

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 ...

38. Krzysztof Lukaszewicz

Director | Zyvie Belarus

Krzysztof Lukaszewicz was born on February 29, 1976 in Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland. He is an assistant director and director, known for Viva Belarus! (2013), Lincz (2010) and Karbala (2015).

39. Jerzy Antczak

Director | Noce i dnie

Jerzy Antczak was born on December 25, 1929 in Wlodzimierz Wolynski, Wolynskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Noce i dnie (1975), Chopin. Pragnienie milosci (2002) and Epilog norymberski (1971). He is married to Jadwiga Baranska. They have one child.

40. Olaf Lubaszenko

Actor | Schindler's List

Olaf Lubaszenko was born on December 6, 1968 in Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland. He is an actor and director, known for Schindler's List (1993), Sztos (1997) and A Short Film About Love (1988).

41. Tomasz Wiszniewski

Director | Where Eskimos Live

Tomasz Wiszniewski was born on June 1, 1958 in Lublin, Lubelskie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Where Eskimos Live (2002), All Will Be Well (2007) and We All're Made of Coal (2004). He died on November 20, 2016 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland.

42. Czeslaw Petelski

Director | Czarne skrzydla

Father of director Janusz Petelski.

43. 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 ...

46. 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, ...



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