(Iluminacja, Krzysztof Zanussi, Poland 1973, 91 min., 35mm, Polish w/ subtitles)
Polish Film Festival. Zanussi’s groundbreaking film chronicles a decade in the life of an aspiring young scientist, Franciszek, who wishes to study physics in order to “know things for sure, unequivocally.” However, his logical and analytical approach to life is tested through his experiences of love, betrayal, loss, and facing his own mortality. He eventually begins to understand that the only way to find out what life is about is to live it, not to study it. Passages from Franciszek’s life—his studies, his love affairs, a marriage, and a child, are intertwined with fragments of lectures, real-life interviews, and scientific debates. Illumination is an exploration of truth, knowledge, and the elusive nature of happiness. Note earlier starting time.
Print courtesy of Polish Film Archive.