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Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

Poland 1977 106 mins.

Versed in philosophy and physics, renowned writer-director Krzysztof Zanussi injects wit and humor into his acerbic portrait of conformity. In this ironical and absurd comedy set at a provincial 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. The film won three top awards at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, even as it was summarily banned by the Polish government. However, it did go on to become the country’s official Oscar® submission in the Foreign Language Film category.