Krzysztof Zanussi

Director, Screenwriter
Krzysztof Zanussi's 1966 diploma film, "The Death of a Provincial," won a number of international awards and set the former physics and philosophy student on his way to arguably becoming Poland's premier film director ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1939 in Poland

Filmography

Director (29)

Obce Cialo 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Serce na dloni 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Persona Non Grata 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Supplement 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Our God's Brother 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

In Full Gallop 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Silent Touch 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Long Conversation With A Bird 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Leben fur Leben - Maximilian Kolbe 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Gdzieskolwiek jest, jeslis jest 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Stan Posiadania 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Blaubart 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Pouvoir du Mal 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Rok Spokonjnego Slonca 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Director

Die Unerreichbare 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Imperativ 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Contract 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Constant Factor 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Wege in der Nacht 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Barwy Ochronne 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Spirala 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

A Woman's Decision 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Catamount Killing 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Iluminacja 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Za Sciana 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Zycie Rodzinne 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Structure of Crystal 1968 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (25)

Obce Cialo 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Serce na dloni 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Persona Non Grata 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Supplement 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Our God's Brother 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In Full Gallop 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Silent Touch 1993 (Movie)

original story (Story By)

The Long Conversation With A Bird 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gdzieskolwiek jest, jeslis jest 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stan Posiadania 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blaubart 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Pouvoir du Mal 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rok Spokonjnego Slonca 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Unerreichbare 1981 (Movie)

from plays("The Unapproachable" and "Scout's Honor") (Play as Source Material)

Die Unerreichbare 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Imperativ 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wege in der Nacht 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Barwy Ochronne 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spirala 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Woman's Decision 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Iluminacja 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Za Sciana 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zycie Rodzinne 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Structure of Crystal 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (18)

Pod electricheskimi oblakami 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Obce Cialo 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Back to your Arms 2010 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Boisko bezdomnych 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sennosc 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Julie Walking Home 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Supplement 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Weiser 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Feuerreiter 1998 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Our God's Brother 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

In Full Gallop 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

100 Years of Polish Cinema 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sequence of Feelings 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Silent Touch 1993 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Escape From the "Liberty" Cinema 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

And the Violins Stopped Playing 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Young Magician 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Our Hollywood Education 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Camera Buff 1979 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Executive (1)

The Road Home 1988 (Movie)

artistic director(Tor Unit) (Executive)

Biography

Krzysztof Zanussi's 1966 diploma film, "The Death of a Provincial," won a number of international awards and set the former physics and philosophy student on his way to arguably becoming Poland's premier film director, after Andrzej Wajda.

Relationships

Jerzy Zanussi

Father

Jadwiga Zanussi

Mother
member of the Polish resistance executed along with her father and two brothers

EDUCATION

University of Warsaw

1955 - 1959
did not complete degree; switched to philosophy at Krakow

passed baccalaureate exams (graduated from high school) in 1955

University of Krakow

1959 - 1962
studied under renowned phenomenologist Ingarden

Lodz Film School

1960 - 1966

Milestones

2000

Wrote and directed "Zycie Jako Smiertelna Choroba Przenszona Droga Plciowa/Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease"

1992

Appeared as himself in the Swiss-made documentary, "Our Hollywood Education"

1988

Served as "artistic director" for the U.K.-Polish film, "The Road Home", directed by Jerzy Kaszubowski

1987

First credit in which he produced but did not direct a film, "The Young Magician", directed by Waldemar Dziki

1984

First U.S. film, the US-Poland co-production, "The Year of the Quiet Sun"

1980

Made first of three films featuring actress Leslie Caron, "Contract"

1980

Directed the British-Polish TV-movie co-production, "From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II", which also aired on US TV on NBC

1979

Played himself in the Polish comedy film, "Camera Buff", directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

1979

Directed a stage production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

1974

First film outside Poland, "The Catamount Killing", made with English dialogue

1973

Was a faculty member at the Lodz Higher Film School

1970

First film with actress Maja Komorowska, "Zycie Rodzinne/Family Life"

1970

Served as vice-chairman of the Polish Film Association

1968

Feature directing and co-writing debut, "The Structure of Crystals"; also marked first of many feature collaborations with composer Wojciech Kilar

1967

Directed first Polish TV-movie, "Portrait of the Composer"

1966

Directed award-winning diploma film, "Smierc prowincjala/Death of a Provincial" (28 mins)

1958

Co-directed (with Wincenty Ronisz) award-winning short film, "Tramwaj do nieba/The Way to the Skies"

Began a collaboration with cinematographer Slawomir Idziak in the early 1980s on films including "The Unapproachable" and "Imperative" (both 1982)

Began making amateur films in late 1950s

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