LA VITA COME MALATTIA SESSUALMENTE TRASMESSA Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa – Life as a fatal sexually trasmitted disease

2000 – 35mm – colore – 99′


Direction: Krzysztof Zanussi

Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi

Cinematography: Edward Klosinski

Editing: Marek Denys

Set design: Halina Dobrowolska

Music: Wojciech Kilar

Costumes: Jagna Janicka

Cast: Zbigniew Kapasiewicz, Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Bradecki, Monika Krzywkowska, Pawel Okraska, Szymon Bobrowski, Aleksander Fabisiak, Redbad Klynstra, Xavier Schliwanski

Producer: Iwona Ziulkowska-Okapiec

Production: Canal+ Polska, Jacques Le Glou Audiovisuel, Studio Filmowe 2TOR, Telewizja Polska S.A.



Tomasz, a physician in his sixties, works on the set of a film about Saint Bernard who prepares a horse thief for death. Intelligent but moody, Tomasz suspects he might be terminally ill. A series of medical tests only confirms this suspicion. A desire awakens in Tomasz to deny all moral values he used to cherish and prove them wrong. Pretending to be a friend, he tries to destroy a young couple’s love, engages in a game with a young priest, hoping to hear confessions of lost faith, and finally gets ready to commit suicide. Nonetheless, he never stops waiting for sign, a spiritual force to guide him in life. The sign comes, unexpectedly, in his hospital room …



“Zanussi has created a sophisticated metacinematic play establishing connections among the characters of the two films: between the thief and the priest, and between the doctor of the crew and one of the actors. (…) But Krystof Zanussi – who once again brings into play the tragic effects of War and Communism – goes further with his reflection. The real question is “How do we face Life?”. The films of this director reflect the present and also the past of a country like Poland, still sick and in decay, as the Professor says about

himself. The latter is the symbol of a dying country, at the same time angry and resigned.” (Alessandra Montesanto, MyMovies.it)


2000 Moscow IFF: Golden St. George

2000 Polish FF: Golden Lion (K. Zanussi), Best Actor ( Z. Zapasiewicz), Critic Award

2001 Polish Film Awards: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor (Z. Zapasiewicz), Editing (M. Denys), Score (W. Kilar), Producer (K. Zanussi, I.Ziulkowska-Okapiec)