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Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease

Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa

Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
Poland, France, 2000
  • Polish
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The Films of Krzysztof Zanussi


The story of a doctor named Tomasz who questions his beliefs, faith and morality as the end of his life is near, so he makes all efforts to find dignity in his imminent death.

Our take

The final film—which swept the Polish Film Awards—in our Krzysztof Zanussi retrospective brings us to the post-Communist era of Poland today. An eloquent drama about the quest for spiritual harmony while facing death, it asks vital questions about how to accept the world as it changes around you.

Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

Awards & Festivals

Moscow International Film Festival

2000 | Winner: Golden St. George

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

2001 | Winner: Best Actor (Jury Award)

Polish Film Awards

2001 | 7 wins including: Best Film

2001 | 5 nominations including: Best Actress

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