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Poland's leading filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, whose career maneuvering between a repressive communist government and an audience yearning for freedom won him international recognition and an honorary Oscar, has died.Though physically frail, Wajda worked until the end of his life. His latest film, "Afterimage" – based on the life of Polish avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who was persecuted for refusing to follow the communist party line during the Stalinist era – was chosen last month as Poland's official entry for an Oscar in the best foreign language film category.That movie featured Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, who later became Poland's president. It won the Cannes Film Festival's top Palme d'Or prize in 1981 and was one of four Wajda movies to be nominated for the best foreign-language Oscar, although Poland's communist leaders unsuccessfully tried to withdraw it from Oscar consideration.Wajda made more than 40 films in all.Wajda said it was his most personal movie, his father Jakub Wajda having been among the victims."Katyn," on the other hand, was a national catharsis, breaking silence over a tragedy that affected thousands of families in Poland.National history remained his theme and his 2013 biopic, "Walesa: Man of Hope," depicted the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner who founded the free trade union that was pivotal in ending communist rule in Poland.
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