Camouflage

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Director Krzysztof Zanussi attending August 14!

An ironical and absurd comedy, Camouflage transports us to a university summer school camp. The shallowness and cynicism of the academic milieu becomes apparent through the relationship between a young linguistics professor, Jaroslaw, and his diabolical senior colleague, Jakub. "All people are conformists just like you and I," exclaims the latter, protesting against the liberal teaching approach of Jaroslaw. Renowned contemporary Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi presents the deeply troubling premise of academic conformity with witty humor mocking the status quo. Not intended as a political film, Camouflage was harshly received by the Polish government, immediately landing on the year's list of banned films.

Accolades

1981 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Special Award – winner. 1977 Polish Film Festival – Best Screenplay – winner, Best Actor (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz) – winner, Grand Prix Golden Lions – winner. 1978 Rotterdam IFF – Critics Award – winner. 1977 Tehran IFF – Best Directing – winner. 1981 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Special Award – winner.

Cast & Crew

Directed and written by Krzysztof Zanussi. Cinematography by Edward Kłosiński. Production design by Tadeusz Wybult. Music by Wojciech Kilar. Film editing by Urszula Śliwińska. Production management: Tadeusz Drewno. © Studio Filmowe Tor. Cast: Piotr Garlicki (Jaroslaw Kruszyński), Zbigniew Zapasiewicz (Jakub Szelestowski), Christine Paul-Podlaski (Nelly Livington-Pawluk), Mariusz Dmochowski (Vice Dean), Wojciech Alaborski (Kisze- wski), Mieczysław Banasik (Józef), Krystyna Bigelmajer (Zofia).