DIRECTED BY Andrzej Wadja

Country: Poland
Language: Polish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: POPIÓŁ I DIAMENT

Running Time: 103min
Film Year: 1958
Category: From the Vault

May, 1945. Germany has surrendered. In a small Polish town two soldiers are ordered to assassinate a communist commissar searching for his son. In the midst of the assassination attempt one of the soldiers becomes infatuated with a barmaid. As the fateful hour grows closer each of these characters will be drawn closer to some decisive realization.

Originally released in 1958, Andrzej Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds is a bracing yet romantic war film that surveys the ways in which the dousing of one conflict can lead to the kindling of others. We are honored to offer this memorial screening of one of the late Polish master’s most revered works.

Tickets for this special screening are available only through Miami Beach Cinematheque, our partner on the Wajda retrospective. Additional Wajda retrospective screenings outside of the Festival dates include A Generation (56) on March 2nd and Danton (83) on March 16th, visit for more information.

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The time has been adjusted for this film screening from 7:00PM to 6:30PM 


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Director: Andrzej Wadja
Screenwriter: Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Andrzejewski

Music: Filip Nowak
Cinematographer: Jerzy Wójcik

Cast: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Barbara Krafftówna, Zofia Czerwinska, Grazyna Staniszewska

Andrzej Wadja

Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016) was a groundbreaking icon of Polish cinema. His more than 50 features include Ashes and Diamonds (58), The Promised Land (75), Man of Iron (81) and Katyn (07). Four of his films were nominated for Oscars, and he was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2000 for his lifetime of work. The Festival is also presenting his final feature, Afterimage (16), in this year's Official Selection.