Jerzy Skolimowski

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
A sporadic yet highly inventive and original filmmaker, Skolimowski is one of the few directors from the Eastern Bloc to earn a widespread reputation in the West. He attended the University of Warsaw, studying ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1938 in Poland

Filmography

Writer (19)

11 Minutes 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Essential Killing 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Four Nights with Anna 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ferdydurke 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Torrents of Spring 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Success Is the Best Revenge 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Success Is the Best Revenge 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Moonlighting 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Shout 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Poslizg 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deep End 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Adventures of Gerard 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hands Up! 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Barrier 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Depart 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Walkover 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Identification Marks: None 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Knife in the Water 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Innocent Sorcerers 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (18)

11 Minutes 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Essential Killing 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Four Nights with Anna 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

30 Door Key 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Ferdydurke 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Torrents of Spring 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lightship 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Success Is the Best Revenge 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Moonlighting 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shout 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

King, Queen, Knave 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Deep End 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Gerard 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Hands Up! 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Barrier 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Depart 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Walkover 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Identification Marks: None 1964 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (14)

The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

Georgi Luchkov (Actor)

Eastern Promises 2007 (Movie)

Stepan Khitrov (Actor)

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)

Professor (Actor)

L.A. Without a Map 1998 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Dr Zeigler (Actor)

Torrents of Spring 1990 (Movie)

Victor Victorovich (Actor)

Big Shots 1987 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

Colonel Chaiko (Actor)

Circle of Deceit 1982 (Movie)

Hoffman (Actor)

Moonlighting 1982 (Movie)

Boss (Actor)

Hands Up! 1967 (Movie)

Andrzej Leszczyc (Actor)

Walkover 1965 (Movie)

Andrzej Leszczyc (Actor)

Identification Marks: None 1964 (Movie)

Andrzej Leszczyc (Actor)

Innocent Sorcerers 1960 (Movie)

Boxer (Actor)
Producer (7)

11 Minutes 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Essential Killing 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Four Nights with Anna 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ferdydurke 1991 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Ferdydurke 1991 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Success Is the Best Revenge 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Moonlighting 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (2)

Walkover 1965 (Movie)

(Editor)

Identification Marks: None 1964 (Movie)

(Editor)
Art Department (1)

Identification Marks: None 1964 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)
Other (1)

Mesmerized 1986 (Movie)

from treatment (Other)

Biography

A sporadic yet highly inventive and original filmmaker, Skolimowski is one of the few directors from the Eastern Bloc to earn a widespread reputation in the West. He attended the University of Warsaw, studying anthropology, history and literature. Early on he proved to be a young man of many talents; he not only published a number of short stories and two volumes of poetry, but was also a practicing jazz musician.

EDUCATION

Lodz Film School

1964
Recommended by Andrzej Wajda

Warsaw University

1959
Switched from art history and anthropology

Milestones

2010

Directed Vincent Gallo and Emmanuelle Seigner in "Essential Killing"

2008

Returned to writing and directing with "Four Nights With Anna"

2007

Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in director David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises"

2000

Co-starred in director Julian Schnabel's feature adaptation of "Before Night Falls" Starring Javier Bardem

1996

Acted in the Tim Burton comedy, "Mars Attacks!"

1989

Directed an adaptation of the novella by the Russian Ivan Turgenev, "Torrents of Spring" starring Timothy Hutton, Nastassja Kinski and Valeria Golino

1985

Helmed his first US production, "The Lightship," adapted from a novella by the German writer Siegfried Lenz

1985

Played a KGB Colonel, opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines in "White Nights"

1982

Wrote and directed "Moonlighting" a film set in the early 1980s at the time of the Solidarity protests in Poland and starring Jeremy Irons; critically and commercially his most successful film

1978

Directed Alan Bates in "The Shout," a film based on a short story by Robert Graves

1972

Directed the film adaptation of "King, Queen, Knave" starring Gina Lollobrigida, David Niven and John Moulder-Brown

1969

Directed "Deep End" his second non-Polish feature to be based on his own original screenplay

1968

Contributed the segment, "The Twenty Year Olds" to the Czech-produced portmanteau film, "Dialóg 20-40-60" helmed by three different directors (with Zbynek Brynych and Peter Solan)

1967

Directed first French-language film, "Le Depart/The Departure"

1967

Film "Hands Up!" banned by Polish authorities

1964

Debut as feature director, "Rysopsis" (composition of earlier short films gathered together with narration); Skolimowski also acted

1961

Collaborated on screenplay of "Knife in the Water" with Roman Polanski; directed medium-length film, "Boxing"

1960

Directed three short films: "Menacing Eye," "Little Hamlet" and "Erotic"

1959

Debut as co-screenwriter, "Innocent Sorcerors" (with Andrzej Wajda)

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