The Constant Factor
The Constant Factor

The Constant Factor

Director Krzysztof Zanussi

Production year 1980

Length 91min.

Country Poland


A young man is facing death of his mother. At the same time he is harbouring a desire to climb mountains in Himalayas, as his father did and where he died.


Ecumenical Jury Prize, Jury Prize | Cannes IFF, France, 1980

Special Jury Prize | Gdynia FF, Poland, 1980

Award for the male role | Film Debut Festival "Youth and Film", Poland, 1980

Best Screenplay, | Cartagena IFF, Colombia, 1981

Special Award | Panama IFF, Panama, 1981


Krzysztof Zanussi
Krzysztof Zanussi



Krzysztof Zanussi

Director of Photography

Sławomir Idziak, Andrzej Galiński

Production designer

Tadeusz Wybult

Music by

Wojciech Kilar


Wiesława Dęmbińska


Urszula Śliwińska


Tom Alter, Krystyna Bigelmajer, Kazimierz Borowiec, Tadeusz Bradecki, Leszek Cichy, Jadwiga Colonna-Walewska, Lucjan Dytrych

Production company(ies)

Studio Filmowe TOR

Krzysztof Zanussi

Film director, producer and scriptwriter. Studied physics at Warsaw University and philosophy at Jagiellonian University, graduated Lodz Film School, in 1967. He is also a theater director; he has staged around 50 productions (including operas) in Milan, Palermo, Bonn, Cracow, Bremen, Basel, Syracuse, Kiev, Novosibirsk and Rome – to mention some major ones. Krzysztof Zanussi has been awarded many prestigious prizes and distinctions. He has authored numerous books, also concerning filmmaking. Krzysztof Zanussi is a member of the Pontifical Commission for Culture at the Vatican, the European Film Academy Board, the Polish Academy of Science, the PEN-Club, the Polish Writers Association. He is an ex-president of the European Federation of Audiovisual Producers (FERA) and the Eurovision Association. He has honorary doctorates of the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography VGIK (Moscow), the National University of Drama and Film I. L. Caragiale (Bucharest), the European Humanities University (Minsk), the Bulgarian University (Sophia), the University of Film and Television (St. Petersburg), the Catholic University of Lublin, the Opole University, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest), the University of Lodz, and is a recipient of the Luka Brajnovic Award (Navarre). Krzysztof Zanussi gives lectures at numerous universities, including Columbia, Yale, Cambridge, Rice University (Houston), Moscow, Barcelona, and master classes all around the world.


The Structure of Crystal (1969), Family Life (1970), Behind The Wall (1971), Illumination (1972), The Quarterly Statement (1974), Camouflage (1976), The Spiral (1978), Ways in the Night (1979), The Constant Factor (1980), The Contract (1980), The Imperative (1982), A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984), The Paradigm (1985), Wherever You Are... (1988), The Silent Touch (1992), At Full Gallop (1995), Our God's Brother (1997), Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000), The Supplement (2002), Persona Non Grata (2005), Black Sun (2007), With a Warm Heart (2008), Revisited (2009), Foreign Body (2014).

FILMS 2014