About Krzysztof Zanussi

Curriculum Vitae

Krzysztof Zanussi: 

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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Autobiography: "It's Time to Die"

About the title (in Zanussi's words): "The grim title of this book originates from an anecdote and I ask you to treat it as a joke. I don’t intend to die soon or persuade anyone to relocate to the afterworld. But a certain era is dying before our very eyes and if someone is very attached to it, they should take my words to heart. This is what this book is to be about. But first, about that anecdote..." Read more >> 

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