FRANCE, PORTUGAL

COSMOS

2015 – DCP – colore – 103′

 

Direction: Andrzej Zulawski

Screenplay: Andrzej Zulawski from the novel Cosmo di by Witold Gombrowicz (ed. Feltrinelli)

Cinematography:André Szankowski

Editing: Julia Grégory

Set design:Paula Szabo

Music:Andrzej Korzynski

Costumes:Patricia Saalburg

Cast: Sabine Azéma, Jean-François Balmer, Jonathan Genet, Johan Libéreau, Victória Guerra, Clémentine Pons, Andy Gillet, Ricardo Pereira, António Simão

Producer: Paulo Branco

Production: Alfama Films Production in coproduzione con in co-production with Leopardo Filmes

 

SYNOPSIS

Witold has just failed his law exams, and Fuchs has recently quit his job at a Parisian fashion label. Both are going to spend a few days in the countryside, and choose to stay at a so-called family inn. They are welcomed by a sparrow, hanged in the forest by a string. Then, an equally hanged piece of wood, and a series of strange signs on the ceiling, in the garden and in the woods. In the guesthouse, there is a servant – who has a strange, twisted mouth – and a young house mistress whom Witold falls obsessively in love with. She’s already married to a decent young man, but is she decent herself? The third hanging a cat is the work of Witold. Why? Could the next one be human?

CRITICAL NOTE

Cosmos, the film that marks Andrzej Zulawski’s return to the big screen after 15 years, is a maze, a web of references. Dante and Sartre, Chaplin and Pasolini, Star Wars and Shakespeare, Hamlet’s ghost, Tintin and, of course, Gombrowicz. Cosmos is a theatre of the absurd, a riddle full of pun lines and word games. (…) Cosmos is a momentous film. Zulawski succeeded in what had only been accomplished before by Cronenberg with Naked Lunch and Crash: adapting for the screen a book that cannot be adapted for the screen, Comos, the Joycean novel by Gombrowicz, stateless writer of Polish origins just like the director.” (Giampiero Raganelli, Quinlan.it)

AWARDS

2015 Locarno IFF – Concorso Competition: Golden Leopard for Best Direction