Historic film studio where Wajda and Polański made classics to get makeover

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrocław’s landmark Four Domes Pavilion – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to one of Poland’s most famous movie studios – will get a 28 million złoty makeover.

The building, called Pawilon Czterech Kopuł in Polish, is to be revamped thanks to an EU grant. Work to restore and renovate the site is expected to begin this spring, and should be completed within two years.

The Four Domes Pavilion is best-known in Poland as the home of Wrocław Feature Films Studio (Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych, WFF), which owned the building from 1952 until it passed into the hands of the National Museum. Some of the nation’s greatest directors have made memorable there, including Popiół i Diament (Ashes and Diamonds – Andrzej Wajda), Rękopis Znaleziony w Saragossie (The Saragossa Manuscript – Wojciech Has), and Nóż w Wodzie (Knife in the Water – Roman Polański, see image, right). More recently, Peter Greenaway used the studio for his 2006 movie Nightwatching.

Picture: Diana Łanda

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