Polish film director Andrzej Wajda fears politically-charged films are losing their appeal among European audiences.

The 70-year-old, a major figure in the world of post World War II Eastern European cinema, spoke out after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday (11FEB06), claiming people have lost their political perspective since major events such as the fall of the Berlin wall.

The 79-year-old says, "Cinema can speak to people's consciences.

"I don't think I've wasted this life because I've contributed something to the course of political events.

"When the Wall still stood, everyone wanted to know what was happening behind it.

"You had all these large cinemas which were filled to the last seat.

"But there is no audience for political film now and it is pointless if there is no audience."