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The Films of Krzysztof Zanussi

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Along with Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Jerzy Skolimowski, the award-winning Krzysztof Zanussi is one of the most important Polish auteurs of his generation. Zanussi’s erudite dramas chronicle the challenges of a post-war, educated class in Poland grappling with the country’s radical change to Communism, the burden of their forbearers, and the evolving development of society through the 20th century. MUBI is proudly presenting a decade-spanning retrospective of his work, including the 1980 Jury Prize winner at Cannes, The Constant Factor, and Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000), which swept the Polish Film Awards.

Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 2000

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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.

The Constant Factor

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1980

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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.

Camouflage

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1977

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In the cinema of Krzysztof Zanussi, livingly embodied & taut with the internal debates of a transforming society, the clash of Polish generations reaches its pinnacle in this richly erudite drama of debate. His usual university-educated protagonists are under his microscope—a microcosm of a nation.

Illumination

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1973

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We continue our Krzysztof Zanussi focus with another of the auteur’s tales of the post-war generation of Poles struggling to find meaning and purpose in their lives under Communism. The promise (and struggle) of both love and science define this brilliant film, winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard.

Family Life

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1971

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Next in our retrospective devoted to one of the great Polish directors, Krzysztof Zanussi, is his second feature film, a competitor in the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. In it, a member of Poland’s new generation returns home to confront—and throw off—the shackles of his (and his country’s) past.

The Structure of Crystal

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1969

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We are proud to present a new retrospective devoted to the award-winning Krzysztof Zanussi, one of the great Polish filmmakers. We begin with his feature debut, a psychologically rich, remarkably mature chamber drama about career vocation (Zanussi studied physics), friendship, and life philosophy.

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