Famous Polish director, screenwriter dies aged 76

His most recent feature, the autobiographical film A Cat with a Dog was a considerable success at the Gdynia Film Festival in 2018. Marcin Kmieciński/PAP

Janusz Kondratiuk, a Polish director and screenwriter, died on Monday following a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, PAP was told by Polish Film Institute head Jacek Bromski.

Kondratiuk was born in 1943, in Akbulak in today's Kazakhstan. He graduated in film directing from the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź in 1969. He was the brother of famous director Andrzej Kondratiuk.

He made such successful TV films as Marriageable Girls, Is There an Eligible Girl Here?, Million Dollars as well as Barabbas' Sunday and Pies (a Dog).

He was repeatedly distinguished for his film work. In 1972, he received Golden Screen Award for Barabbas' Sunday and Marriageable Girls. In 1993, his film Voice was awarded at the Polish Film Festival.

His most recent feature, the autobiographical film A Cat with a Dog was a considerable success at the Gdynia Film Festival in 2018 and won awards for the best actors, Olgierd Łukaszewicz and Aleksandra Konieczna.