Wojciech Marczewski

Wojciech Marczewski

Director

Wojciech Marczewski (b. 1944) is a Polish screenwriter, director, and lecturer. Born in Łódź, he attended the famous State Film School there in the 1960s, before working in studios in his hometown and Warsaw, where he produced a number of shorts as well as the television series Departures, Returns (1972). In 1978, he made his feature debut, Nightmares, an adaptation of a novel by Emil Zegadłowicz, set in a small Galician town in the early twentieth century. The film’s spiritual sequel Shivers (1981), set in a Communist youth camp in the 1950s, established Marczewski as one of Poland’s leading young directors – but it was banned shortly after release, and during the era of martial law, the director refused to work for state studios. He returned to feature filmmaking in 1990 with Escape from the Liberty Cinema, but has largely dedicated himself to teaching since the fall of communism: in the 1990s, he served as Dean of the National Film and Television School in London; since 1998, he has taught as his alma mater in Łódź Film School, as well as co-founding the Andrzej Wajda School in Warsaw.

Films