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    Andrzej  Wajda  was a Polish film and theatre director. Recipient of a Honorary Oscar and the Palme d’Or, he was possibly the most prominent member of the “Polish Film School”. He was known especially for a trilogy of war films such as A Generation (1954), Kanał (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958).

    Four of his films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: The Promised Land (1975), The Maids of Wilko (1979), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyń (2007).

    Wajda died in Warsaw on 9 October 2016 at the age of 90/




    RIP. Sad loss. 

    Another sad loss to report from Ukraine. 

    The family of the Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Yevhen Nyshchuk, suffered a tragedy, as his wife, Oksana Batko-Nyshchuk, died in her sleep at the age of 43 on October 7, 2016. She was buried today, October 10, in Kyiv. A renowned dramatic actor in her own right, she performed regularly at the Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theater in Kyiv. She is survived by her husband and their son Oleksa, 21.

    Minister Nyshchuk posted the following to Facebook to let people know:

    «Today, the mother of my son did not wake, an incredible talent, my wife and soulmate, Oksana Batko-Nyshchuk… 
    Such a sincere and open person, who loved people like no other… a person who perceived the world around her with such kindness and sensitivity and through such boundless love kept her heart open and vulnerable…

    «Her brilliance as the Nymph in «Lisova pisnia» when we were still student actors will always frame her image in immortality… Truthfully, her obsession with plumbing the depths of her role alongside Bohdan Stupka in «King Lear» amazed us all…

    «In «Asso and Piaf», our love was reflected in their relationship, full of deep and strong emotions…

    «This is a shock… this loss… is crazy… and for our son, how will he handle it…

    «It hurts so much…

    «I ask you, please, to light a candle for Oksana candle when you go to church…»

    Video commemorating Oksana.

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