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



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?


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,


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