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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 17, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Poland Profession: screenwriter, director

Biography CLOSE THE FULL 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.

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.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Our God's Brother (1997) Director
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  In Full Gallop (1996) Director
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  Silent Touch, The (1992) Director
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  Stan Posiadania (1989) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Our Hollywood Education (1992) Himself
2.
 Camera Buff (1979) Himself
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Milestones close milestones

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Began making amateur films in late 1950s
1958:
Co-directed (with Wincenty Ronisz) award-winning short film, "Tramwaj do nieba/The Way to the Skies"
1966:
Directed award-winning diploma film, "Smierc prowincjala/Death of a Provincial" (28 mins)
1967:
Directed first Polish TV-movie, "Portrait of the Composer"
1969:
Feature directing and co-writing debut, "The Structure of Crystals"; also marked first of many feature collaborations with composer Wojciech Kilar
1971:
First film with actress Maja Komorowska, "Zycie Rodzinne/Family Life"
1971:
Served as vice-chairman of the Polish Film Association
1973:
Was a faculty member at the Lodz Higher Film School
1974:
First film outside Poland, "The Catamount Killing", made with English dialogue
1979:
Directed a stage production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
1979:
Played himself in the Polish comedy film, "Camera Buff", directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
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
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Began a collaboration with cinematographer Slawomir Idziak in the early 1980s on films including "The Unapproachable" and "Imperative" (both 1982)
1984:
First U.S. film, the US-Poland co-production, "The Year of the Quiet Sun"
1987:
First credit in which he produced but did not direct a film, "The Young Magician", directed by Waldemar Dziki
1988:
Served as "artistic director" for the U.K.-Polish film, "The Road Home", directed by Jerzy Kaszubowski
1992:
Appeared as himself in the Swiss-made documentary, "Our Hollywood Education"
2000:
Wrote and directed "Zycie Jako Smiertelna Choroba Przenszona Droga Plciowa/Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease"
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Education

University of Warsaw: - 1955 - 1959
University of Krakow: - 1959 - 1962
Lodz Film School: - 1960 - 1966

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Jadwiga Zanussi. Member of the Polish resistance; executed along with her father and two brothers.
father:
Jerzy Zanussi. Construction engineer.

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