Year of the Quiet Sun, The


Rok spokojnego słońca
reż|dir Krzysztof Zanussi |PL, DE, US| 1984 | 105 min
prod|pro Michał Szczerbic scen|wr Krzysztof Zanussi zdj|ph Sławomir Idziak muz|mus Wojciech Kilar mon|ed Marek Denys ob|cast Maja Komorowska, Scott Wilson, Hanna Skarżanka, Ewa Dałkowska dys|dis KADR


Shortly after WWII an American soldier, Norman and a Polish refugee, Emilia fall in deep love. Eventually he will return to USA and both expect that she will soon follow him. Emilia’s mother is sick but would recover by available medicine. Somehow the mother but not Emilia knows that there will only be one ticket. It's moving, acted to perfection, and sadly, very honest.

1984, IFF Venice – Golden Lion and Pasinetti Award
1986, Golden Globes Best Foreign Film – Nomination

Krzysztof Zanussi (1939), Polish documentary and feature film director. One of the greatest Polish directors in history of cinematography. Studied physics at Warsaw University and philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Graduated from Lodz Film Academy in 1966. Amateur film maker. His school diploma film “Death of a Provincial” (Śmierć prowincjała) won an awards in Venice, Mannheim, Valladolid and Moscow in 1967. Other early films made for TV include: “Next Door” (Za ścianą, 1971), Grand Prix in San Remo; “Hypothesis” (Hipoteza, 1973). Scriptwriter or co-writer of all of his TV and cinema films. Laureate of a lot of prestigious awards on Polish and international festivals (i.e. Mar del Plata, Chicago, Valladolid, Colombo, Locarno).

2005 Persona Non Grata|Persona Non Grata
2000 Życie jako śmiertelna choroba przenoszona drogą płciową|Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease
1995 Cwał|In Full Gallop
1988 Gdzieśkolwiek jest, jeśliś jest…|Wherever You Are
1984 Rok spokojnego słońca|A Year of the Quiet Sun
1980 Constans|The Constant Factor
1976 Barwy ochronne|Camouflage
1972 Iluminacja|Illumination
1969 Struktura kryształu|The Structure of Crystal
1965 Śmierć prowincjała|Death of a Provincial

MAJA KOMOROWSKA (Maria Tyszkiewicz, 1937), thanks to her exceptional personality and perfection in acting, gained early recognition not only as an outstanding actress, but also as a moral authority among professional actors.

Krzysztof Zanussi’s favourite actress, she played many great roles in the director’s films, including Emilia in “A Year of the Quiet Sun”, the first Polish picture to win a Golden Lion in Venice. Her acting relies on communication – emotions, touch, intonation – between two grown-up characters marked by fate whose only common code, the only language is everything non-verbal.

Maja Komorowska is a theatre and film actress, pedagogue and professor. Has been working with The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw since 1983. Graduate of PWST in Cracow (1960). Made her debut in 1960 in theatre Groteska in Cracow. Performed in theatres in Opole and Wrocław, and plays in Teatr Współczesny in Warsaw since 1972. Works with many prominent theatre and film directors. Played in a number of Polish and foreign films, and aside from her continued work with the theatre, she performed more than 30 significant roles in TV plays. For many years, she has greatly valued meetings with audiences both in Poland and abroad, during which she reads poems by prominent poets. Engaged in social matters; under the martial law, worked in the Primatial Social Council and in the Committee on Helping Internees and Their Families, later in the S.O.S. social help foundation with Jacek Kuroń. Currently a member of the Council of Oncology Hospice. Protagonist and co-author of four books.

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