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Krystyna Janda is a Actor and Scriptwriter Polonaise born on 18 december 1952 at Starachowice (Pologne)

Krystyna Janda

Krystyna Janda
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Nationality Pologne
Birth 18 december 1952 (71 years) at Starachowice (Pologne)
Awards Medal for Merit to Culture

Krystyna Janda (born 18 December 1952, Starachowice, Poland) is a Polish film and theater actress best known, in the West, 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).

In 1982, Janda played the lead character in Ryszard Bugajski's film Przesłuchanie (Interrogation), which first premiered 7 years later in 1989, following the collapse of communism. Despite the film's late release, she garnered international acclaim for her performance, including winning Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and Polish Film Festival in 1990. In 1993, she was a member of the jury at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival.

Janda is also known for her leading role in the second episode of The Decalogue series of Krzysztof Kieślowski.


Krystyna Janda est particulièrement connue pour avoir tenu le premier rôle dans plusieurs films du réalisateur polonais Andrzej Wajda, dont L'Homme de marbre (Człowiek z marmuru, 1977) et L'Homme de fer (Człowiek z żelaza, 1981), puis dans Espion, lève-toi d'Yves Boisset, où elle joue la compagne de Sébastien Grenier (Lino Ventura), ancien espion réveillé.

Elle reçoit le prix d'interprétation féminine au Festival de Cannes 1990 pour son rôle dans L'Interrogatoire, du réalisateur polonais Ryszard Bugajski.

Première épouse d'Andrzej Seweryn, elle a eu avec lui une fille, Maria Seweryn, elle aussi comédienne.

Outre le polonais, elle maîtrise également le français et l’allemand.

Best films

Spy, Stand Up (1982)

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Filmography of Krystyna Janda (27 films)

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Elles (2011)
, 1h36
Directed by Małgorzata Szumowska
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier, Joanna Kulig, Krystyna Janda, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, François Civil
Roles Mutter
Rating55% 2.7983752.7983752.7983752.7983752.798375
The film is set during the course of one day. Anne (Juliette Binoche) is trying to meet the deadline for her article about prostitution, while shopping and preparing dinner for her husband's boss and his wife. She is also worried about her two sons, the eldest of whom has been skipping classes while the younger appears to start being hooked on video games. This narrative is interrupted by the flashbacks to the conversations Annie has had with the two students, scenes from their lives, and the effect that their work in the sex industry is having on them and those close to them.
Reverse (2009)
, 1h30
Directed by Borys Nizioł-Lankosz
Origin Pologne
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Black comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Rape and revenge films
Actors Agata Buzek, Krystyna Janda, Anna Polony, Jerzy Bończak
Roles Matka/Babcia Sabiny
Rating69% 3.4971053.4971053.4971053.4971053.497105
This film is set in Warsaw in the 1950s, with a few flash-forwards to present-day Warsaw. The main character is Sabina, a quiet, shy woman who has just turned thirty, and lives with her mother and ailing grandmother. Sabina lacks a man in her life, and her mother tries hard to find a husband for her. The grandmother, an eccentric lady with a sharp tongue from whom no secret can be concealed, also gets involved. Successive admirers arrive at their small, but tasteful apartment in an antebellum house, but Sabina shows no interest in any of them.
The Call of the Toad, 1h38
Directed by Robert Gliński
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Krystyna Janda, Marek Kondrat, Matthias Habich, Bhasker Patel, Udo Samel, Joachim Król
Roles Aleksandra Piatkowska
Rating58% 2.903642.903642.903642.903642.90364
In Gdańsk, Poland, in 1989, Alexander Reschke and Alexandra Piatkowska first meet on their way to a cemetery. Both are survivors from the end of World War II when many people from Poland and Germany were displaced as borders were re-drawn according to new treaties.
Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease, 1h36
Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
Origin Pologne
Genres Drama
Actors Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, Anna Mucha, Szymon Bobrowski, Redbad Klijnstra-Komarnicki
Roles Anna
Rating69% 3.49523.49523.49523.49523.4952
Tomasz apprend qu'il a une maladie mortelle. Il demande son ex-femme Anna de financer son opération à Paris. Mais il est déjà trop tard pour guérir. Il n'est lui reste qu'attendre la mort et trouver quelqu'un qui aiderait de comprendre et accepter l'évanescence.
An Air So Pure, 1h46
Origin France
Actors Fabrice Luchini, André Dussollier, Marie Gillain, Emmanuelle Laborit, Yolande Moreau, Redjep Mitrovitsa
Roles Madame Leduroy
Rating66% 3.348743.348743.348743.348743.34874
During the World War I, a doctor and a lawyer buy a huge house in a mountain to make both nursing home and resort home. Tenants flock, all of different nationalities, sick or healthy. All invent false identities, to appear to others what they aren't, because all dream of a future in which their destiny, tragic or comic, does not allow accomplishment.
Decalogue II, 57minutes
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
Genres Drama
Themes Pregnancy films, Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality
Actors Krystyna Janda, Aleksander Bardini, Olgierd Łukaszewicz, Artur Barciś, Stanisław Gawlik, Piotr Fronczewski
Roles Dorota Geller
Rating77% 3.890273.890273.890273.890273.89027
The episode focuses on two people: an elderly doctor (Aleksander Bardini), who lives alone in the ubiquitous Dekalog apartment block and works in a local hospital; and Dorota Geller (Krystyna Janda), a violinist with the Philharmonic Orchestra, who is in her 30s and lives in the same building.
Decalogue V, 57minutes
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about capital punishment
Actors Mirosław Baka, Artur Barciś, Krystyna Janda, Krzysztof Globisz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Olgierd Łukaszewicz
Roles Dorota Geller
Rating2% 0.113990.113990.113990.113990.11399
The film begins with Piotr Balicki (Krzysztof Globisz), a young and idealistic lawyer who is about to take the bar exam. Jacek Łazar (Mirosław Baka) is a 20-year-old man, coming from the countryside. He wanders the streets of Warsaw and has apparently nothing to do. He keeps asking about a taxi stand but the first one he finds is very busy. Waldemar Rekowski (Jan Tesarz), a middle-aged taxicab driver, overweight, cruel-looking, lives in the Dekalog apartment block. He enjoys the freedom of his profession, with a wage and the power to ignore people whom he does not want to take in his taxi, as well as ogling young ladies.
Interrogation, 1h58
Directed by Ryszard Bugajski
Origin Pologne
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Politique, Prison films, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, Political films, Women in prison films
Actors Krystyna Janda, Adam Ferency, Janusz Gajos, Agnieszka Holland, Anna Romantowska, Bożena Dykiel
Roles Antonina Dziwisz
Rating79% 3.9900453.9900453.9900453.9900453.990045
Tonia (Krystyna Janda) is a cabaret singer in post-World War II Poland towards the end of the life of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. After she performs for soldiers, she is arrested without being told why, and placed in a political military prison to be interrogated. Over a course of some years, she is humiliated and tortured by prison officials into confessing to crimes she did not commit. After failing to sign a document detailing a false confession, she is taken to the prison shower block and locked into a small cage between the floors. The water is turned on and the room is slowly flooded. She is released at the last moment and told to sign the confession form again, which she continues to refuse to do. While in prison, she demands that she sees her husband. One day he visits the prison, but is told by the officials of her alleged infidelities prior to her arrest, and he tells her that he doesn't want to see her again. She unsuccessfully attempts suicide. She develops a romantic relationship with an officer, one of the interrogating prison officials, whom she tells of the absurdity of the system he believes in. She becomes pregnant by him and, like other female inmates, is forced to give up her child for adoption, before eventually being released and reunited with her child. The officer secures her release and her ability to reclaim their child and then commits suicide.
On the Silver Globe, 2h46
Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
Origin Pologne
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films based on science fiction novels
Actors Andrzej Seweryn, Jerzy Trela, Krystyna Janda, Jan Frycz, Henryk Bista, Andrzej Żuławski
Roles Aza
Rating72% 3.603483.603483.603483.603483.60348
A group of astronauts leaves Earth to find freedom, and their spaceship crashes on an unnamed Earth-like planet. The astronauts, equipped with video-recorders, reach a seashore, where they build a village. After many years, only one member of the crew, Jerzy, is still alive, watching the growth of a new society, whose religion is based on mythical tales of an expedition from the Earth. The first off-Earth generation calls him the Old Man, treating him as a demi-God. The Old Man leaves them and before his death sends his video diary back to Earth in a rocket. A space researcher named Marek (Andrzej Seweryn) receives the video diary and travels to the planet. When he arrives, he is welcomed by the cast of priests as the Messiah, who can release them from the captivity of the Szerns, indigenous occupants of the planet. Shortly afterwards, Marek organizes an army and enters the city of the Szerns. Meanwhile, the priests start to believe that Marek was an outcast from the Earth, rather than a messiah who came to fulfill the religious prophecy.
A Short Film About Killing, 1h24
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
Origin Pologne
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Mirosław Baka, Krystyna Janda, Krzysztof Globisz, Maciej Maciejewski, Olgierd Łukaszewicz, Artur Barciś
Roles Dorota
Rating79% 3.996433.996433.996433.996433.99643
Waldemar Rekowski (Jan Tesarz) is a middle-aged taxicab driver in Warsaw who enjoys his profession and the freedom it affords. His concern for turning a profit leads him to ignore some potential fares in favor of others. An overweight and crude man, Waldemar also enjoys staring at young women.
Laputa (1987)
, 1h32
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Sami Frey, Krystyna Janda
Roles Małgorzata
Rating72% 3.6193853.6193853.6193853.6193853.619385
Une histoire d'amour à Berlin : un architecte français et une photographe polonaise se rencontrent pour de brèves aventures amoureuses. Tous deux sont cependant incapables de se décider pour une vie commune. Leur relation est marquée par le va-et-vient entre l'attirance et l'autodestruction, l'intimité et l'étrangeté.