Today, there is no doubting Preisner’s achievement – he writes for every instrument in the orchestra and even for wine glasses. His masterpieces have earned him accolades including the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear, two Césars from the French Film Academy and an Award of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1992 for outstanding presentation of Polish Culture.
Despite numerous offers, however, Preisner has never moved out of Poland and is adamant against buying into Hollywood fantasy. While he likes American directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, notwithstanding certain money and fame, Preisner staunchly refuses to woo Hollywood. Instead, he abides by European cinema and claims its musical superiority over American films, which he derides as spoon-feeding movie interpretations through the use of obvious and predictable sound effects.