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The Constant Factor


Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
Poland, 1980
  • Polish
  • English, French, German
The Films of Krzysztof Zanussi


A young man is confronted with corrupt and vindictive colleagues at work and negligent officials at the hospital where his mother is dying. As he searches quixotically for a steadfast moral code by which to live, he suffers from the knowledge of human frailty and our darker inclinations to do harm.

Our take

Our Krzysztof Zanussi retrospective moves into the 1980s with one of his most acclaimed films and the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Through its hero’s eyes—and the travails of a righteous and honest man—we see, at the end of the 1970s, what’s become of the Communist dream.

The Constant Factor Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1980 | 2 wins including: Jury Prize

Polish Film Festival

1980 | Winner: Special Jury Prize

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