The Maids of Wilko

The Maids of Wilko


Andrzej Wajda

1979, 1 h 56 min

Having lost his friend, almost 40-year-old Wiktor Ruben visits his aunt and uncle in the countryside where he spent his youth in a manor house with a group of girls. A lot has changed since then. Julia gave birth to twin girls. Emancipated Jola got married. Fela died prematurely. Zosia and Kazia are not the same any more either. Little Tunia grew up into a beautiful young lady. Ruben’s visit, his memories and attempts to bring back the past disturb the ladies of the house, expose their complicated life paths, tragedies and failures. An excellent adaptation of a short story by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz.

Selected awards 

PFFF in Gdansk 1979: Special Prize of the Jury; award for production design (Allan Starski, Maria Osiecka-Kuminek)

PFFF in Gdansk 1981: Audience Seat for the Polish film that gathered the most viewers in the first year of screening

ritten by Zbigniew Kamiński
director of photography Edward Kłosiński
music Karol Szymanowski 

production design Allan Starski
costume design Wiesława Starska
make-up Anna Włodarczyk, Grażyna Dąbrowska
sound Piotr Zawadzki
edited by Halina Prugar
cast Daniel Olbrychski, Anna Seniuk, Christine Pascal, Maja Komorowska, Stanisława Celińska,
Krystyna Zachwatowicz
production Zespół Filmowy X, Pierson Production – Les Films Moliere
production managers Barbara Pec- Ślesicka, Tony Moliere

Andrzej Wajda film and theatrical director, screenwriter. Studied Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and Directing at the Lodz Film School. Honorary member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers. Director of X Film Studio and Honorary President of the Polish Film- makers Association. As a theatrical director, he mostly collaborated with Stary Teatr in Krakow. Decorated with, e.g., the Order of Polonia Restituta, Fourth Class. His lifetime achievement was awarded French César, European Felix, Venetian Golden Lion, Brussels Crystal Iris, American Oscar and Polish Eagle.

Selected films

1954 A Generation

1956 Canal

1958 Ashes and Diamonds

1972 The Wedding

1981 Man of Iron

1999 Pan Tadeusz

2016 Afterimage

Main Competition
Konkurs Inne Spojrzenie
Short Film Competition
Sekcje pozakonkursowe

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