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Friday, 21 January, 2000, 21:51 GMT
Polish filmmaker to receive Honorary Oscar

The leading Polish filmmaker, Andrzej Wajda, whose films about post-war Europe have been widely acclaimed, is to receive an Honorary Oscar for his lifetime achievement.

The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences said that, through his films, Mr Wajda had become a symbol of courage and hope for millions of people in Europe.

Andrzej Wajda, a former resistance fighter during the Second World War, moved into a film career that lasted forty-five years.

He is best known for his 1981 film 'Man of Iron', which chronicled the emergence of the Solidarity Movement in Poland that eventually toppled the communists from power. His latest work, Korczak, is considered one of the most important about the Holocaust.

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