Izabella Cywinska

Izabella Cywinska

Theater, TV and film director. She gra­duated from the University of Warsaw where she majored in Ethnography and later, in 1966, from the Theater Academy in Warsaw, where she studied stage directing.

She was a director of the Wojciech Boguslawski Theater in Kalisz from 1970 to 1972 and a director of Teatr Nowy in Poznan from 1973 to 1989. She was minister of culture and art in T. Mazowiecki’s government, and a founder and president of The Foundation of Culture. She wrote a memoir Sudden Substitution in 1992, describing her days as a minister.

She directed nearly a hundred stage plays and TV theater plays and won numerous awards at theater festivals in Kalisz, Opole, and Wroclaw. She was awarded the Minister of Art and Culture Prize for her directing achie­vements in theater and TV theater in 1989 and The Kalos Kagathos Medal. The TV series God’s Lining was her debut as a film director.


2005 The Lovers of Marona (Kochankowie z Marony)
2000 The Miracle of Purim (Cud purunowy)
The National Council of Radio and Television Prize at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival in 2000;
The Special Prize of the European Parliament and the Willy Brandt Award at the Berlin Prix Europa 2000;
The Golden Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo International Film and TV Festival in 2001