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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Wajda on Katyń's Oscan nom

wajda.jpg“I received the great and very important news of the nomination of my film Katyń in Warsaw this afternoon,” comments Wajda. “Polish directors are no longer behind a wall and no longer have to use coded messages to communicate with their audiences. The Academy Award® nomination gives Katyń an additional opportunity to reach international audiences worldwide. It’s even more significant to me as Katyń is certainly the most personal film of all the films I have made. Katyń is the place where I lost my father, Captain Jakub Wajda who was murdered there by the Soviets. I also witnessed my mother’s desperate and hopeless efforts in search for my father and her discovery of the truth about his fate. Katyń still remains an unhealed wound in Polish history, the secret story which has been told for the first time on the screen in my film. Once more, I would like to stress how happy I am that the Academy® honored Katyń giving it such a distinctive recognition.”

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