THE THIRD PART OF THE NIGHT

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Set during the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II, the film follows Michal (by Leszek Teleszynski) who, after witnessing the murder of his wife and child, joins the resistance and accidentally allows an unknown man to go to prison instead of him. To help the wife (by Malgorzata Braunek) of the man, he gets a job at a Nazi laboratory where Jews and members of the resistance are employed as feeders for parasites infected with typhus. However, a guilty conscious is not easy to silence. Based on real-life experience of the director's father and filled with mind-boggling turns, The Third Part of the Night is a journey into cinematic world on the verge of insanity.

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).