Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has died aged 90 in hospital of lung failure after being put into a medically induced coma in recent days. He made more than 40 feature films in a career spanning 60 years. Many films, as Kanal, Man of Marble, Man of Iron and Katyn were inspired by Poland's turbulent wartime and communist history.
He was awarded an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2000. It also was awarded many other prizes and the prize for the Solidarity union. The filmmaker donated the prestigious award to a Kraków museum, where it remains on display next to his other prizes, including the lifetime achievement Oscar. He was known especially for a trilogy of war films such as A Generation (1954), Kanał (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958). Man of Iron won the Palme d'Or at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival. The Promised Land won the Golden Prize at the 9th Moscow International Film Festival in 1975. Four of Wajda's works (The Promised Land, The Maids of Wilko, Man of Iron, and Katyń ) have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.