Andrzej Wajda to get Euro Film Critics Award

3:05 AM PST 12/03/2009 by Scott Roxborough, AP

Prix FIPRESCI for his latest drama "Sweet Rush"

COLOGNE, Germany -- Europe's film critics have picked Oscar-winner and Polish film legend Andrezej Wajda as the winner of the 2009 European Film Academy Critics' Award -- Prix FIPRESCI for his latest, the drama "Sweet Rush."

"Sweet Rush" is a multilayered tale of life and death focusing on an older woman who starts up a relationship with a younger man. At the same time, a director is making a film about her story and the drama cuts between on- and off-camera scenes.

In a statement, FIPRESCI's general secretary Klaus Eder called "Sweet Rush" a film "of a young spirit, with which Wajda, in a risky and courageous way, undertakes to open new and very personal perspectives for the European authors' cinema of today."

The 83-year-old Wajda has shown no signs of slowing down, despite having won every significant film award out there, including an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 2000.

Wajda will receive his latest honor at the 22nd European Film Awards on Dec. 12 in Bochum, Germany.
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