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– Jo pirmoji žmona manęs neįspėjo, kiek vargo su juo turėsiu.

– Na, negyva būdama nelabai beįspės.

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?
Locarno International Film Festival – in competition, Best Director.

Andrzej Żuławski

Andrzej Żuławski was born in 1940 in Poland, and grew up between Warsaw and Paris. After finishing school, he studied Cinema in Paris. He then returned to Poland to become an assistant of the prominent Andrzej Wajda. His first full-length feature, The Third Part of The Night (1971), was widely acclaimed and earned many international prizes. As the career grew, he had difficulties with the Soviet regime, eventually facing censorship for his film The Devil (1972), and decided to return to France. The film Possession (1981) was selected for the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival. He also directed films Mad Love (1985), My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days (1989) and Fidelity (2000). He has also worked for theatre and has written several novels and short stories since 1970. For the past 15 years, he has been living in Poland.