Watch Polish film: "The Illumination"


In this classic bildungsroman, a young man from a provincial town comes to the capital to study physics, hoping that science can answer his questions. He explores the boundaries of knowledge while tackling universal life experiences—love, death, friendship, fatherhood and work. Krzysztof Zanussi’s protagonist struggles against the futility of a life constantly overshadowed by death. However, in the face of defeat, he rejects nihilism and resignation to his fate in favor of a simplistic view of life: fragile but treasured. Golden Leopard, FIPRESCI Prize and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, 1973 Locarno Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Krzysztof Zanussi. Poland, 1973, color, 92 min, DCP. NOT RATED

Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Co-presented with the National Gallery of Art.


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