Krzysztof Zanussi

Krzysztof Zanussi – Slaba wiara z cyklu ‘Opowiesci weekendowe’ AKA Weekend Stories: Little Faith (1997)

A rational young man and his devoutly Catholic wife believe their sickly son may have leukemia. As they await further tests over a weekend they both struggle with a crisis of faith in both science and Catholicism. Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi – Damski interes z cyklu ‘Opowiesci weekendowe’ AKA Weekend Stories: A Woman’s Business (1996)

A woman whose passport was denied under the previous Communist regime by a vindictive party secretary is given a chance to confront the woman and take revenge. Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi – Studenci AKA Students (1962)

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This is a short story woven into the scenery of Kraków’s students’ festival. The camera is always at the center of events and is accompanied by the main character – Jurek, in search of his sister. In this film, events are part of a larger whole. The main role in this film is filled by Andrzej Paczkowski, now a known historian. Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi – Spirala aka Spiral (1978)

In what appears to be an inexplicable incident, a man drives up to a resort hotel in midwinter, throws away his car keys, enters, and proceeds to agitate everyone he meets with his urgency — a message he is somehow unable to communicate. Then he leaves, disappearing in the snow. Later, the people he appeared to have upset have gathered to search for him and find him frostbitten, but alive. Visiting him at the sanatorium to which he has been taken, they gradually discover what was really happening. Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi & Henryk Ryszka – Samolot z Budapesztu AKA A Plane from Budapest (1961)

An early Zanussi short. Fun fact: it’s called “Plane from Budapest” but the only arriving plane in the movie is from Amsterdam.
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Here we see short scenes from a random day at the airport. We have flying planes, landings, passport checking scenes, passengers waiting for their relatives. This documentary shows the ordinary but unique behaviors and reactions of the passengers and the airport maintenance staff. Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi – Za sciana (1971)



Jan is a young assistant professor in chemistry and a workaholic, whose entire life is dedicated to study and advancement to full professorship. Anna is an unsuccesful science writer who turns to Jan for advice and human compassion in a critical moment of mental confusion and nervous exhaustion. Jan, absorbed with his career, remains immune to Anna’s clumsy efforts to pierce his defences. Affrayed by her ultimate plea for an embrace, he escapes to his own quarters. In the end Anna makes an unsuccesful suicide attempt and he visits her in the hospital. Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi – Barwy ochronne AKA Camouflage (1977)

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A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the straightforward, intimate approach to students. He is opposed in his liberal views by Jakub, who likes to manipulate people. There is a confrontation from the beginning when Jaroslaw allows to attend the seminar a student who presents the views not according to the official line. In the end, a jury prize is given to mediocre paper, while the suspected school of thought still draws a recommendation. Finally the deputy rector arrives for the closing ceremonies, and since he disfavors the line of thought awarded by the recommendation the tensions rise. They climax when student in question bites the rector in the ear while receiving recommendation. The confrontation results in a scandal and the police is called in. Read More »