Andrzej Żuławski on the set of On the Silver Globe based on The Lunar Trilogy by Jerzy Żuławski, 1978, photo: Tomek Sikora / Forum
A retrospective of seven of Andrzej Żuławski's films, including Polish and French productions, is coming to two major Brazilian cities. The career-spanning selection will open with the director's first feature film, The Third Part of the Night, and close with his last work, Cosmos.
The São Paulo event will also feature an appearance by Andrzej Jaroszewicz – the Polish cinematographer worked with Andrzej Żuławski on many films, including the stunning On the Silver Globe (1976/1988), which was filmed across various locations including the Baltic Coast, the Gobi Desert and the Crimean Peninsula. The production of this brave metaphysical adaptation of The Lunar Trilogy by the director's great uncle Jerzy Żuławski was halted mid-film by the communist regime. Its premiere only finally took place in 1988, and over the years the film's reputation has grown in esteem, along with comparisons to David Lynch's Dune. On 6th October, Jaroszewicz will present previously unseen materials from the film's production, including behind-the-scenes photographs. On Saturday 7th October at 9pm, Andrzej Jaroszewicz, alongside the retrospective's curator Ela Bittencourt, will introduce Possession, another famous Żuławski film on which he did the cinematography.
Other than On the Silver Globe and Possession (which won Isabelle Adjani the Best Actress award at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival), the programme includes L'Important C'est d'Aimer, which won Romy Schneider a César for Best Actress. The retrospective will also include Żuławski's first feature film The Third Part of The Night (1971), inspired by the experiences of the director's father during WWII and filled with elements of romance and horror. The programme also includes La Note Bleue (1991), a portrait of Fryderyk Chopin in his final days, as well as the much-talked-about The Devil (1972).
The closing screening will be the director's final film Cosmos (2015), based on the book by Witold Gombrowicz praised at the Festival do Rio 2016 as 'one of the weirdest works of detective literature'.
Curator: Ela Bittencourt
Co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute under the Culture.pl brand. Part-financed by Polish Film Institute.
Sources: press materials, translated by AZ, 5 Oct 2017
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