Director Krzysztof Zanussi

Production year 2009

Length 85min.

Country Poland


This is a film about the fate of the protagonists of Krzysztof Zanussi's films from the 1970s: Family Life (1971), Camouflage (1976), The Constant Factor (1980). What happend to them? Where are they? How did they live the decades, that separate us from those times? The film is in the form of an interview, conducted by a suicidal young man from the film With a Warm Heart. Following his therapist’s advice, he is inquiring if someone's life could have been more successful. Scenes from films match the interview. Years later after the original films the same actors answer his questions.


Krzysztof Zanussi
Krzysztof Zanussi



Janusz Wachala


Krzystof Zanussi

Director of Photography

Dariusz Kuc

Production designer

Joanna Macha

Music by

Wojciech Kilar


Maria Chilarecka, Radoslaw Sklodowski


Wanda Zeman


Daniel Olbrychski, Maja Komorowska, Jan Nowicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Tadeusz Bradecki, Małgorzata Zajaczkowska, Marek Kudelko

Production company(ies)

TOR Film Production

Krzysztof Zanussi

Born 1939, Warsaw. From 1955 to 1959 studied physics at Warsaw University and attended lectures on cinema at the Institute of Art at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (1956-57). In 1959 he enrolled at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow, but did not graduate because it closed in 1963. In 1960 he joined the film direction faculty at the Lodz Film School (graduated in 1966). Since 1966 he has directed many documentaries, features for cinema and TV, in Poland and abroad. He writes or co-writes scripts for his own films. Since 1978, was also stage and opera director. From 1974 to 1981, Vice-Chairman of the Polish Filmmakers Association. From 1979, chief manager/director of TOR Film Unit (now TOR Film Studio), within the framework of which he has produced a great number of important films, among them the work of his friend, the late Krzysztof Kieslowski. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Pontifical Commission For Culture in Vatican. He is also a member of: the European Film Academy, the Polish Academy of Learning, the PEN-Club, the Polish Writers Association. Since 1992, professor at Silesian University in Katowice. Doctor Honoris Causa of VGIK Moscow, The National University of Drama and Cinematography I. L. Caragiale (Bucarest), European Humanities University (Minsk), Bulgarian University (Sophia), University of Film and Television (St. Petersburg), Catholic University (Valencia), Catholic University of Lublin.


The Train to Heaven (1958), The Lame Devil (1958), The Roof (1959), Cement and Words (1959), A Peep from the Corner (1960), Umbrella (1960), Stop Thief (1960), A plane from Budapest (1961), Students (1962), Witness (1964), Maria Dabrowska (1966, TV), Computers (1967), The Provincial's Death (1966), Krzysztof Penderecki, (1968, doc.,TV), The Structure of Crystal (1968), Family Life (1971), Behind the Wall (1971), Illumination (1973), The Catamount Killing (1973, doc.), Quarterly Balance (1975), Night Duty (1975), Camouflage (1976), The Anatomy Lesson (1977, TV), The House of Women (1977, TV), Lutosławski, Penderecki, Baird, (1977, doc. TV), My Cracow (1977, doc., TV), The Spiral (1978), Roads in the Night (1979, TV), Constant Factor (1980), The Contract (1980, TV), From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II (1981, doc.), Temptation (1981), The Unapproachable (1982, TV), Imperative (1982), Vatican, the Capital of Culture, (1982, doc.), Bluebeard (1983, TV), The Year of Quiet Sun (1984), Paradigma (1985), Extinct Days (1987), Wherever You Are... (1988), Inventory (1989), Lutosławski Interviewed by Krzysztof Zanussi (1989, doc., TV), A Long Conversation with a Bird (1989, (TV), A Life for a Life (1989), Napoleon (ep. 3, Maria Walewska, 1989), Yeltzin - My Russia, (1989, doc.), The Silent Touch (1992), Conversations with Krzysztof Zanussi, (1992-93, doc.), Impression about Chopin’s Music - Chopin in Łazienki Park; Chopin in Central Railway Station (1993, doc.), Music in the Warsaw Ghetto, (1993, doc.), Conversation with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, (1994, doc.), Weekend Stories (1995-2000, TV), Re Pescatore (1995), Have No Fear (1996, doc.), In Full Gallop (1996), Our God's Brother (1996), L’alouette (1999), Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000), The Supplement (2002), Solidarnosc, Solidarnosc (segments Tanks, 2005), (Persona Non Grata (2005), Black Sun (2006), Serce na dloni/With a Warm Heart (2008), Inner Voices (2009), Revisited (2009)

FILMS 2010