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Krzystof Zanussi

One-time Physics scholar, Krzystof Zanussi began making amateur films after chancing to take a film course at the University of Warsaw. Zanussi is heading the Jury for the Asian Competition section.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2003 02:01 IST

A one time Physics scholar, the 1939-born Polish filmmaker KrzystofZanussi began making amateur films in the late 1950s after chancing to take a film course at the University of Warsaw. He graduated from the Lodz Film School with Death of a Provincial (1966), which won an award at the Venice Film Festival. One of his films, the Catamount Killing (1974) was shot in English.

Since 1966, he has directed numerous documentaries asnd feature films for both cinema and television in Poland as well as abroad. He writes or co-writes scripts for his own films some of which have been published in his home country Poland as well as Italy,Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic and India.

During 1974-81, he was vice-chairman of the Polish Filmmakers Association. Since 1979, he has been director and art director of the film studio 'TOR'. He has worked as a stage and opera director in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and Russia.

In March 1990, he was elected President of FERAQ. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Pontifical Commission for Culture in the Vatican and a vie-president of the Programme Council of Polish public TV.

First Published: Oct 10, 2003 10:12 IST