The Illumination


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The Illumination

  1. Saturday, September 6, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Still image form the film The Illumination
A young man from a provincial town comes to the capital to study physics, hoping that science can answer his questions. He explores the boundaries of knowledge while tackling universal life experiences– love, death, friendship, fatherhood, and work. The Illumination is a philosophical essay written with a camera, comprising animation, experimental techniques, and documentary footage. Director Krzysztof Zanussi’s protagonist struggles against the futility of a life constantly overshadowed by death. However, in the face of defeat, he rejects nihilism and resignation to his fate in favor of a simplistic view of life: fragile but treasured. In Polish language with English subtitles. (2K DCP presentation)

Special thanks to The Film Foundation, Milestone Films, Jędrzej Sabliński, and Amy Heller.