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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 17 June 1939Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland

Mini Bio (1)

Born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland. Documentary and feature film director. Studied physics at Warsaw University and philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Graduated from Lodz Film Academy in 1966. Amateur film maker. His school diploma film 'Death of a Provincial' (The Death of a Provincial (1968)) won an awards in Venice, Mannheim, Valladolid and Moscow in 1967. Other early films made for TV include: 'Next Door' (_Za sciana (1971)_), Grand Prix in San Remo; 'Hypothesis' (Hipoteza (1973)).

Scriptwriter or co-writer of all of his TV and cinema films. Other early feature films: 'Structure of a Crystal' (Struktura krysztalu (1969)), which won in Mar del Plata 1970; 'Family Life' (Family Life (1971)), which won in Chicago 1971, Valladolid 1972 and Colombo 1973; 'Illumination' (The Illumination (1973)), Grand Prix in Locarno 1973, award in Gdansk 1974; 'Quarterly Balance' (A Woman's Decision (1975)); 'Camouflage' (Camouflage (1977)), Spiral (Spirala (1978)).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Zbigniew Pasek bigniew@engin.umich.edu

Spouse (1)

Elzbieta Grocholska (? - present)

Trade Mark (5)

Used a nearly identical phrase "To czysta fizjologia" ("It's a pure physiology") in both And a Warm Heart (2008) and Foreign Body (2014).
Often features sequences in the mountains in his movies.
Death - often includes thems of dying in his films and at least one (often unusual) death.
Always shows a dog in his films.
Nearly always worked with composer Wojciech Kilar (until Kilar's death in 2013) Also often works with actor Tadeusz Bradecki.

Trivia (4)

Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 38th Venice International Film Festival in 1981.
Member of the 'Dramatic' jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1986.
President of the jury at the first Polish Film Festival of Perpignan, France, in 2007.
He is fluent in Polish, Italian, English, Russian, German and French.

Personal Quotes (1)

I do miss the times when cinema, and the arts in general, seemed to mean much more to people. On the other hand, older material like this is now available in ways it never was before, in this digital age. I used to think that film has the life span of a butterfly, but now it has the life of a turtle.

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