To find his calm, a perplexed German composer flees to a Venetian resort. He there meets a Polish family and their statuesque son. Unanticipatedly, the man submerges into silent pauses of gazing and experiences a divine fulfilment. The sensitive director’s eye creates a subtle semitone game by which he reveals the contradiction between obeying society’s rules and the artist’s aspirations.
Festival de Cannes - Lifetime Achievement Award, David di Donatello, British Academy Award.