Film director, scriptwriter, producer. Zanussi studied physics at Warsaw University (1955-59) and philosophy at Jagiellonian
University (1959-62). He graduated from the directing department of Lodz film school
in 1967. Taking an active role in the amateur film movement, he made 11 motion pictures,
9 of which gained various awards. Since 1980, he served as artistic director, and
then president, of Tor Film Production. From 1971 to 1983 he was vice-chairman of
the Polish Filmmakers Association.
Mr. Zanussi has lectured at numerous universities, including Lodz film school, National
Film School in England, Columbia University in New York, Yale University, Cambridge
University, University of California (Berkeley) and Rice University (Houston). For
over 20 years, Zanussi has taught graduate level courses for the students of Moscow
Higher Courses of Script Writers and Directors and has taught at the University of
Silesia for over 30 years.
Krzysztof Zanussi is also a theater director staging drama and opera performances
in Milan, Palermo, Bonn, Cracow, Bremen, Basel, Syracuse, Kiev, Novosibirsk and Rome
– to mention a few.
Among his many prestigious prizes and distinctions are: the Cavalier’s Cross of the
Order of Polonia Restituta, the Cavalier de L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (France),
the David di Donatello Award Itly), the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit to
Lithuania, the Order of Jaroslav the Wise conferred by the President of Ukraine.
He has published many books: On Editing an Amateur Film (Warsaw, 1968), Discussing Amateur Film (Warsaw, 1978), as well as four volumes of Film Scripts (Italy, Germany, Hungary), Time to Die (Warsaw, 1999; Russia, Bulgaria, Italy, Ukraine), Between a Funfair and Salon (Warsaw, 1999), Bigos Will Last in the European Family (Warsaw, 2003; Russia), A Portrait of the Artist (Warsaw, 2008), Life Strategies - How to Eat Your Cake and Have It (Poznan, Kiev 2015).
Krzysztof Zanussi is a member of the Board of the European Film Academy. From 1990
to1994 he was a president of the European Federation of Audiovisual Producers (FERA).
Ex-president of the EUROVISIONI Association. He also is a member of the Pontifical
Commission of Culture at the Vatican, the Polish Academy of Learning, the PEN-Club
and the Polish Writers Association.
He holds honorary doctorates from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography
WGIK (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,
University of Opole, Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, University of Lodz and
Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest), and is the recipient of the Luka Brajnovic
Award (University of Navarre).
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