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Jerzy Skolimowski Poster

Biography

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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 5 May 1938Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Lódz, Poland, in 1938. Director, playwright, scriptwriter, and actor. Graduated in ethnology, literature and history from Warsaw University in 1959. Graduated from Lódz Film Academy in directing in 1962. Feature debut: _Identification Marks - None_ (Rysopis, 1964, scr., dir, act.), awarded in Warsaw 1964 and Arnhem 1965. Other films: _Walkover_ (Walkower, 1965, scr., act.), awarded in Mannheim; _The Barrier_ (Bariera, 1966, scr.), awarded in Bergamo 1966 and Valladolid 1968; _Le Depart_ (1967, scr., belg. prod.), Grand Prix in Wets Berlin); _Dialogue 20-40-60_ (Dialog 20-40-60, 1968, scr. - Polish part of "The Twenty Years Olds", czech. prod.); _Hands Up!_ (Rece do gory!, 1967)

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Zbigniew Pasek zbigniew@engin.umich.edu

Spouse (1)

Elzbieta Czyzewska (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

His film Rece do góry (1981) (aka Hands Up!) was banned from distribution. It appeared as a surprise special event at the Cannes Festival in 1981.
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2000.
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2001.
Good friends with Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda.
He is also a well-known painter.
Andrzej Wajda made an eloquent speech for his friend's painting exhibition during the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.

Personal Quotes (4)

As a poet my mind is trained along the path of poetic associations - I'm not afraid to wander away from direct narrative - I feel safe with a story that tempts you to believe or disbelieve.
[To assembled critics at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival screening of Four Nights With Anna after his 17 year hiatus from directing]: To those who like me - I'm back. And to those who don't like me - I'm back.
In my first visit to the West, I had about $80 in my pocket and I spent several hours window-shopping, calculating what I could get for that sum. It was a child's illness - to possess - and now I've developed a resistance to shopping. I hate it. I buy things only when I must.
I don't know why they took a chance on me, but they did... All my life I have been cursed by disasters or blessed by strokes of love...

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