Wiktor Grodecki was born on 25 February 1960 in Warsaw, Poland.
He graduated from the Directing Department of the Polish Academy for Film, Drama and TV in Lodz in 1983 (the class of Wojciech Jerzy Has). The same year his feature documentary about Roman Polanski “Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man” had been invited to FILMEX in Los Angeles by Gary Essert. Grodecki had been granted a passport to travel by the Polish communist authorities but they refused to let him take his film… He decided to smuggle it out and, once in the U.S. – he resolved not to return to Poland and received political asylum. Grodecki stayed in the States where he continued to work as a film and TV director and editor. Among other works he directed a feature film “Him” loosely based on Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” produced by Albert Milgrom and staged two plays by St.I.Witkiewicz – “They” and “Madman and the Nun” in Minneapolis, MN.
In 1992 Wiktor Grodecki returned to Europe as a Supervising Director on “Night Train To Venice” starring Hugh Grant and Malcolm McDowell and between 1994 and 1997 he worked on his “Europe in transition” trilogy – “Not Angels But Angels” (1994), “Body Without Soul” (1996) and “Mandragora” (1998) – Audience Choice Award at Palm Springs Nortel Int’l Film Festival 1998(all films released in the U.S. and Europe). “Mandragora” was the first feature film depicting the fate of runaway kids in the Czech Republic – Grodecki had received a letter of recognition from President Vaclav Havel as well as several prizes at international film festivals.
After directing a romantic comedy for German TV Channel Pro7 “Ich wunsch dir Liebe” (English title “Wish List”)- written by Stewart Wade and starring Marianne Sagebrecht, Matthew Carriere, Catherine Flemming, Hark Bohm and Hardy Kruger Jr. – Grodecki returned to Poland to direct – “Insatiability” (Nienasycenie) based on the novel by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz – an epic, ironic tale about the collapse of Western Civilization as seen through the eyes of a confused young boy, growing up in today’s Europe… The film have been shot on sound stages in Vilnius, Lithuania and post-produced at the Barrandov Film Studios in the Czech Republic and starred Cezary Pazura in three different roles. It was premiered at Berlin International Film Festival in 2004 and the same year Wiktor Grodecki has been awarded Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Indie Director in Los Angeles for “Insatiability”. The film has been released in the U.S. on March 21st 2006. Wiktor Grodecki has also been invited by Polsat to direct 13-parts comedy mini-series “Czego się boją faceci” (“What Men Are Afraid Of”) (first season) starring Cezary Pazura.
Between 1998 and 2011 Grodecki also worked as film producer on many US projects being developed and shot in Eastern Europe , working as a STUDIO DIRECTOR at Lithuanian Film Studios in Vilnius, developing Riga Film Studios in Latvia and cooperating with Film Studios in Yalta, Ukraine, Barrandov in Prague and Babelsberg in Berlin. He developed projects for Promark Group (Executive Producer David Bixler), Capital Arts (Executive Producer Mike Elliott) and Universal, among others. In 2012 he developed new studios in Vilnius , Lithuania – Incubus Films – Incubatorius Studios which he co-owns with two other partners. They develop TV programing and provide services for EU and US broadcasters.
In addition to his work as the director/writer/producer Wiktor Grodecki is often invited by various international film festivals to serve as a jury member or to lead directing and producing workshops. He has been invited by the festivals in Berlin, Valladolid, Valencia, Santo Domingo, Zlin , Karlovy Vary and Festroia in Portugal, among others. He has been also offered teaching positions (in the field of film/TV directing and producing) by film schools around the world, including Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jordan ,China and Lithuania (the most recent engagement at Lithuanian Academy of Film and Music in Vilnius).
Wiktor Grodecki lives in Los Angeles and Prague. (has a US Green Card and a EU Passport)
Direct cell: +420 704 252 781