THE DEVIL

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Bet žmogus juk neturi sielos, ar ne?

Immediately banned in the director’s Communist Poland for over a decade and a half, The Devil tells a story of a young Polish nobleman Jakub (by Leszek Teleszynski), saved from imprisonment by a stranger during the Prussian army's invasion in 1793. Following his mysterious saviour across the country, Jakub is shocked by the overall chaos and moral corruption of his native country. Slowly descending into insanity, the nobleman is manipulated into a Hamlet-like revenge on just about everyone in sight.

Andrzej Zulawski

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), Fidelity (2000) and Cosmos (2015).