The Constant Factor
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Director Krzysztof Zanussi attending August 14!

Warmly received at the Cannes Festival and winner of several international awards, Krzysztof Zanussi's film portrays a naive but honest young man, Witold, dealing with the truths of his world. He dreams of climbing the Himalayas, just as his father had done before him. His skill in mathematics earns him a job in an international trade company, but he soon finds the position grating and he is constantly thwarted by his own candidness. Confronting the death of his mother, the illusion of choice, and the realities of his world, Witold continues forward in this frightening but powerful film.


1980 Cannes Film Festival – Jury Prize – winner, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – winner, Palme d’Or – nomination. 1980 Polish Film Festival – Special Jury Prize – winner.

Cast & Crew

Directed and written by: Krzysztof Zanussi. Cinematography by Sławomir Idziak. Production design by Tadeusz Wybult. Music by Wojciech Kilar. Film editing by Urszula Śliwińska. Production management: Tadeusz Drewno. © Studio Filmowe Tor. Cast: Tadeusz Bradecki (Witold), Zofia Mrozowska (Witold’s mother), Małgorzata Zajączkowska (Grażyna), Cezary Morawski (Stefan), Witold Pyrkosz (Mariusz), Ewa Lejczak (Girlfriend), Jan Jurewicz (Włodek), Juliusz Machulski (Wladek), Marek Litewka (Colleague), Jacek Strzemzalski (Colleague), Edward Żebrowski (Professor).