Polish Film maker Andrzej Wajda Receives 2013 Persol Award

Persol is the sponsor, for the ninth successive year, of the Venice International Film Festival.

 The Biennale di Venezia and Persol have announced that Polish director and screenwriter Andrzej Wajda has been awarded the 2013 Persol prize of the Venice International Film Festival, which intends to celebrate a legend of international cinema. 

Commenting on this award, the Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera said, “Wajda is not just the most emblematic director in post-war Polish filmmaking. He is the director who has been capable, in his work (over 50 films in his more than 60-year career), of raising the most decisive and important questions about the history of his country, and consequently, of Europe in its entirety, inviting us to reflect on the critical relationship between personal experiences and those of an entireAndrzej-Wajda1 nation, between the anguish that often befalls individual destinies and the weight of the collective task they are called upon to accomplish”.

Fabio d’Angelantonio, Chief Marketing Officer of the Luxottica Group, added, “We are proud to continue our successful collaboration with the Venice International Film Festival at the Biennale di Venezia. The Persol style embraces the values of the most authentic tradition of handmade art and this makes Persol an unsurpassed benchmark for prestige accessories. We believe that Venice is the ideal venue to celebrate, in a perfect setting, the film talent that best expresses the Persol style”.

The award ceremony for the Persol prize to Andrzej Wajda was held at the 70th Venice Film Festival on 5th September, 2013 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema). It was followed by the screening of his new film ‘Czlowiek z nadziei’ (Walesa. Man of Hope), a tribute to Lech Walesa, one of the key figures in the history of the new Poland.


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