Krystyna Janda

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Krystyna Janda
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Krystyna Janda
Born (1952-12-18) 18 December 1952 (age 66)
Alma materNational Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw
OccupationActress
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Edward Kłosiński (1981–2008)
Andrzej Seweryn (1974–1979)
AwardsBest Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival (1990)
Best Actress Award at the Montreal Film Festival (1987)
Zbigniew Cybulski Award (1978)
HonoursCommander's Cross with Star of Order of Polonia Restituta Officer's Cross of Order of Polonia Restituta Gold Cross of Merit (Poland) Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis Decoration of Honor Meritorious for Polish Culture Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Chevalier
WebsiteKrystyna Janda's official website

Krystyna Jolanta Janda (born 18 December 1952, in Starachowice, Poland) is a Polish film and theater actress best known for playing leading roles in several films by Polish director Andrzej Wajda, including Man of Marble (Człowiek z marmuru, 1976) and Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza, 1981).

Life and work[change | change source]

Throughout her career, she has received numerous prestigious awards, such as Best Actress at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival[1], Silver Shell for Best Actress at the San Sebastian Film Festival for her role in Waldemar Krzystek's film Zwolnienie z życia[2], Best Actress Award at the 1987 Montreal Film Festival for the role in Helma Sanders-Brahms's Laputa[3], Best Actress Award at the Belgrade Film Festival for Interrogation,[4] the Zbigniew Cybulski Award for best young Polish actress, as well as 4 Golden Duck Awards. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Polish cinema and was selected in a 1998 Polityka magazine survey among the greatest actresses of the 20th century.[5]

In 2005, she established her own private "Polonia Theatre" in Warsaw.[6] She is the founder and head of the Krystyna Janda Cultural Foundation. 

Personal life[change | change source]

During 1974–1979 she was in a relationship with the actor Andrzej Seweryn. In 1981, she married Edward Kłosiński, who died on 5 January 2008. She has three children: daughter Maria Seweryn and two sons Adam and Jędrzej Kłosiński. Janda currently lives in Milanówek near Warsaw.

Selected filmography[change | change source]

  • 1976: Man of Marble – Agnieszka
  • 1977: Pani Bovary to ja (pl) (pl ) – Krystyna
  • 1977: Granica (pl) (pl ) – Elżbieta Biecka
  • 1978: Without Anesthesia – Agata
  • 1978: Bestia (pl) (pl ) – Anna
  • 1979: Manchmal besucht der Neffe die Tante (guest performance)
  • 1980: Der grüne Vogel (de) (de ) – Katzka Widuchowski
  • 1980: The Orchestra Conductor – Marta
  • 1980: Golem (fr) (fr ) – Rozyna
  • 1980: W biały dzień – Ewa
  • 1980: Uoni – Kira Kirova
  • 1981: On, ona, oni (pl) (pl ) – psychologist
  • 1981: Man of Iron – Agnieszka
  • 1981: Mephisto – Barbara Bruckner
  • 1981: The War of the Worlds: Next Century – Gea
  • 1981: Fik – Mik – Doktor Anita
  • 1982: Avant la bataille – as herself
  • 1982: Ce fut un bel été – Wanda
  • 1982: Espion, lève-toi – Anna Gretz
  • 1982: Interrogation – Antonina Dziwisz
  • 1983: Bella Donna – Lena
  • 1983: Stan wewnętrzny (pl) (pl ) – Ewa Jaskólska
  • 1983: To tylko Rock (pl) (pl ) – Majka Lenczewska
  • 1983: Synteza (pl) (pl ) – Gloria Lamb
  • 1984: Glut – Anna
  • 1984: O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization – Gea
  • 1984: Der Bulle und das Mädchen (de) (de ) – Gerlinde
  • 1985: Vertiges – Maria
  • 1985: Kochankowie mojej mamy (pl) (pl ) – Krystyna Traczyk
  • 1986: Laputa – Malgorzata
  • 1986: W zawieszeniu (pl) (pl ) – Anna Mroczyńska
  • 1987: On the Silver Globe – Aza
  • 1987: A Short Film About Killing – Dorota
  • 1988: Dekalog: Two – Dorota Geller
  • 1988: Dekalog: Five – Dorota Geller
  • 1989: Inventory – Julia
  • 1991: Kuchnia polska (pl) (pl ) – Margaret Szymanko
  • 1992: Zwolnieni z życia (pl) (pl ) – French woman
  • 1995: Pestka (pl) (pl ) – Agata Koman
  • 1995: Tato (pl) (pl ) – Magda
  • 1995: Opowieści weekendowe: Niepisane prawa (pl) (pl ) – Halina
  • 1995: Matka swojej matki (pl) (pl ) – Ewa Kozłowska
  • 1997: An Air So Pure – Ms. Leduroy
  • 2000: Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease – Anna
  • 2000: Żółty szalik (pl) (pl ) – wife
  • 2000: Weiser (de) (de ) – Elka
  • 2001: Przedwiośnie (pl) (pl ) – Jadwiga Barykowa
  • 2002: Superprodukcja (pl) (pl ) – Krystyna Janda
  • 2005: Parę osób, mały czas (pl) (pl ) – Jadwiga Stańczakowa
  • 2005: Call of the Toad – Aleksandra Piątkowska
  • 2007: Ryś (pl) (pl ) – Wiadro
  • 2009: Tatarak – Marta / Actress
  • 2009: Reverse – Irena Jankowska, Sabina's mother
  • 2011: Elles – Alicja's mother
  • 2015: Panie Dulskie - Melania Dulska's grandmother

Television series[change | change source]

  • 1973: Czarne chmury (pl), Polish TV series – dancer
  • 1978: Rodzina Połanieckich (pl), Polish TV series – Christina
  • 1979: Doktor Murek (pl), Polish TV series – Zośka "Arletka"
  • 1984: Eine blaßblaue Frauenschrift (de), Austrian TV film based on Pale blue ink in a lady's hand novel [7] – Amelia Tachezy
  • 1988: Wilder Westen inclusive (de) – Marianne Küssling
  • 1989: Modrzejewska (pl), Polish TV series – Helena Modrzejewska
  • 1991: Kuchnia polska (pl), Polish political film and TV series – Margaret Szymanko
  • 1993: Der große Bellheim (de) – Maria Bellheim
  • 2002: Przedwiośnie (pl), TV series based on The Spring to Come novel – Jadwiga Barykowa
  • 2003–2004: Męskie-żeńskie (pl), Polish TV comedy series – Lilka Janicka
  • 2007: Niania (pl), TV series, remake of American sitcom The Nanny - Episode 66: "Moje perły" – as herself
  • 2011: Bez tajemnic (pl), Polish TV series – Barbara Lewicka

Discography (guest performances)[change | change source]

  • 1984: Krystyna Janda i Marek Grechuta W malinowym chruśniaku (Polskie Nagrania Muza)
  • 1985: Music from Poland at midem '85 (Polskie Nagrania Muza)
  • 1990: Marek Grechuta Anawa – Ocalić od zapomnienia (Polskie Nagrania Muza)
  • 1991: Marek Grechuta Anawa – Ocalić od zapomnienia (Polskie Nagrania Muza)
  • 1996: Summer Hits 2 – Piosenki na lato (Caston)
  • 2001: Marek Grechuta Serce
  • 2005: Marek Grechuta Serce (Pomaton EMI)
  • 2007: Trójka live! Agnieszka Osiecka – Kobiety mojego życia (3 SKY MEDIA)
  • Człowiek z żelaza śpiewa Balladę o Janku Wiśniewskim ("The Man of Marble Sings the Janek Wiśniewski Ballad")
  • Pięć oceanów ("The Five Oceans") featuring Agnieszka Osiecka's works, Janda she sings the Na zakręcie song

Honors and awards[change | change source]

  • Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2011)
  • Golden Medal of the Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis (2005)
  • Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2002)
  • Distinguished Cultural Activist Award (1997)
  • Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1991, France)
  • Golden Cross of Merit (1989)

Other awards[change | change source]

  • Zbigniew Cybulski Award (1978)
  • Silver Asteroid for the role in Piotr Szulkin's film Golem at the 19th Trieste Science+Fiction Festival (1981)
  • Best Actress Award at the Montreal Film Festival (1986)
  • Aleksander Zelwerowicz Award (1988)
  • Polish Cultural Foundation Award for her role in the film Interrogation (1989)
  • Vittorio de Sica Medal (1990)
  • Golden Duck for Best Actress (1990)
  • Best Actress Award at the Gdynia Film Festival (1990)
  • Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival (1990)
  • Nomination for European Film Awards, Best Actress category (1990)
  • Best Actress Award at the Belgrade Film Festival for her role in Ryszard Bugajski's film Interrogation (1991)
  • Silver Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival (1992)
  • Golden Duck for Best Actress (1993)
  • Best Debut Award for her film Pestka at the 20th Gdynia Film Festival(1995)
  • Super Golden Duck for Best Actress in the History of Polish Cinema (1996)
  • Telekamera Audience Award for the Most Popular Actress (1998)
  • SuperWiktor Lifetime Achievement Award (1998)
  • Nomination for Polish Film Awards for Best Actress Award in the film Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease(2001)
  • Golden Lions Award at the Gdynia Film Festival for the film Parę osób, mały czas (2005)
  • Medaille Charlemagne pour des Medias Européens (2006)
  • Nomination for Polish Film Awards for Best Actress Award in the film Wróżby kumaka (2006)
  • Golden Duck for Best Actress of Half a Century (2007)
  • Hiacynt LGBT Award for "her unwavering support for the idea of tolerance in her theatre, film and Internet activity" (2007)
  • Nomination for Polish Film Awards for Best Actress Award in the film Parę osób, mały czas (2008)
  • The Capital City of Warsaw Award for her contributions to the promotion of the city of Warsaw (2011)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Festival de Cannes: Interrogation". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  2. "40 edition 1992 Awards". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  3. "AWARDS OF THE MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL - 1986". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  4. "Interrogation". Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  5. "KRYSTYNA JANDA - WOMAN OF IRON". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  6. "Teatr Polonia". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  7. Toronto Public Library, Originally published as Eine blaßblaue Frauenschrift by Franz Werfel; translated from the German by James Reidel.

Other websites[change | change source]