Krzysztof Zanussi

Krzysztof Zanussi

Krzysztof  Zanussi born 1939, Warsaw.
From 1955 to 1959 studied physics at Warsaw University and attended lectures on cinema at the Institute of Art at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (1956-57). In 1959 he enrolled at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow, but did not graduate because of its closing in 1963. In 1960 he joined the film direction faculty at the Lodz Film School (grad.1966). Since 1966 he has directed many documentaries, features for cinema and TV, in Poland and abroad. He writes or co-writes scripts for his own films. Since 1978 also stage and opera director. From 1974 to 1981 Vice-Chairman of the Polish Filmmakers Association. From 1979 chief manager/director of “TOR” Film Unit (now “TOR” Film Studio), under of which he has produced a great number of important films, among them the work of his friend, the late Krzysztof Kieslowski. Since 1994, he has been a member of the Pontifical Commission For Culture in Vatican. Since 1992, a professor at Silesian University in Katowice. Doctor Honoris Causa of VGIK Moscow, The National University of Drama and Cinematography „I. L. Caragiale” (Bucarest), European Humanities University (Minsk), Bulgarian University (Sophia), University of Film and Television (St. Petersburg), Catholic University (Valencia), Catholic University of Lublin.

Filmography (selected)
The Train to Heaven (1958), The Lame Devil (1958), The Roof (1959), Cement and Words (1959), A Peep from the Corner (1960), Umbrella (1960), Stop Thief (1960), A plane from Pudapest (1961), Stidents (1962), Witness (1964), Maria Dabrowska (1866, TV), Computers (1967), The Provincial's Death (1966), Krzysztof Penderecki, (1968, doc.,TV), The Structure of Crystal (1968), Family Life (1971), Behind the Wall (1971), Illumination (1973), The Catamount Killing (1973, doc.), Quarterly Balance (1975), Night Duty (1975), Camouflage (1976), The Anatomy Lesson (1977, TV), The House of Women (1977, TV), Lutosławski, Penderecki, Baird, (1977, doc. TV), My Cracow (1977, doc., TV), The Spiral (1978), Roads in the Night (1979, TV), Constant Factor (1980), The Contract (1980, TV), From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II (1981, doc.), Temptation (1981), The Unapproachable (1982, TV), Imperative (1982), Vatican, the Capital of Culture, (1982, doc.), Bluebeard (1983, TV), The Year of Quiet Sun (1984), Paradigma (1985), Extinct Days (1987), Wherever You Are... (1988), Inventory (1989), Lutosławski Interviewed by Krzysztof Zanussi (1989, doc., TV), A Long Conversation with a Bird (1989, (TV), A Life for a Life (1989), Napoleon (ep. 3, Maria Walewska, 1989), Yeltzin - My Russia, (1989, doc.), The Silent Touch (1992), Conversations with Krzysztof Zanussi, (1992-93, doc.), Impression about Chopin’s Music - Chopin in Łazienki Park; Chopin in Central Railway Station (1993, doc.), Music in the Warsaw Ghetto, (1993, doc.), Conversation with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, (1994, doc.), Weekend Stories (1995-2000, TV), Re Pescatore (1995), Have No Fear, (1996, doc.), In Full Gallop (1996), Our God's Brother (1996), L’alouette (1999), Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000), Supplement (2002), Casting (2003), Persona Non Grata (2005).




Moscow Cinema
 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
Festival Coverage