Andrzej Żuławski

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Andrzej Żuławski
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Żuławski, c.1985–1990
Born(1940-11-22)22 November 1940
Died17 February 2016(2016-02-17) (aged 75)
Warsaw, Poland
OccupationFilm director
Years active1971–2016
Spouse(s) Małgorzata Braunek (divorced)
Partner(s) Sophie Marceau (1985–2001)
Relatives Jerzy Żuławski (granduncle)

Andrzej Żuławski (Polish:  [ˈandʐɛj ʐuˈwafskʲi] ; 22 November 1940 – 17 February 2016) was a Polish film director and writer. He was born in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine). [1] Żuławski often went against mainstream commercialism in his films, and enjoyed success mostly with European art-house audiences.


In the late 1950s, he studied cinema in France. His second feature, The Devil (1972), was banned in Poland, and Żuławski went to France. After the success of That Most Important Thing: Love in 1975, he returned to Poland where he spent two years making On the Silver Globe (1988). The work on this film was interrupted by the Polish authorities. After that, Żuławski moved to France where he became known for controversial and violent art-house films. Żuławski is also known for his work with actresses including Romy Schneider, Isabelle Adjani and Sophie Marceau.

His films have received awards at various international film festivals. Żuławski had also written several novels, for example: Il était Un Verger, Lity Bór (a.k.a. La Forêt Forteresse), W Oczach Tygrysa, and Ogród Miłości.


Andrzej Żuławski was born in Lviv, UkrSSR (formerly known as Lwów). He was an assistant of the filmmaker Andrzej Wajda. [2]

When his second film The Devil was banned in Poland, [3] he decided to move to France, where he made That Most Important Thing: Love (1975) with Romy Schneider. [4]

After returning to Poland he worked for two years on a film which the authorities did not allow him to finish (On the Silver Globe), based on a book by his great-uncle Jerzy Żuławski. [1] Since then he lived and worked mostly in France, making art films.

Being a maverick who always defied mainstream commercialism, Żuławski enjoyed success mostly with the European art-house audiences. His wild, imaginative, and controversial pictures have received awards at various international film festivals. He also wrote the novels Il était Un Verger, Lity Bór (a.k.a. La Forêt Forteresse), W Oczach Tygrysa, and Ogród Miłości. [1]

In 2006 he was the Head of the Jury at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival. [5]

Żuławski worked many times with composer Andrzej Korzyński, beginning in The Third Part of the Night (1971). Their last collaboration was for Cosmos (2015), which was also Żuławski's last film.

On 17 February 2016, Żuławski died at a hospital in Warsaw from cancer. [6] [7]

Personal life

He had three sons from different relationships. Żuławski's ex-wife was Małgorzata Braunek, who was a Polish film and stage actress. Their son, Xawery, is also a film director.

He was in a relationship with the French actress Sophie Marceau for sixteen years, with whom he made four films over a 15-year period ( L'Amour braque , My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days , La Note bleue, Fidelity ). They had a son Vincent together. They broke up in 2001. [3]

Selected filmography

2019 Bird Talk Writer
2015 Cosmos Director & Writer
2000 Fidelity Director & Writer
1996 Szamanka Director
1991The Blue Note Director & Writer (scenario)
1989 Boris Godunov Director & Writer (scenario)
1989 My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days Director & Writer (adaptation & dialog)
1988 On the Silver Globe Director & Writer (partially lost film)
1987 Malady of Love Writer (story)
1985 L'Amour braque Director & Writer
1984 The Public Woman Director & Writer (scenario)
1981 Possession Director & Writer (adaptation & dialogue) / (original screenplay)
1975 That Most Important Thing: Love Director & Writer (adaptation)
1972 The Devil Director & Writer
1971 The Third Part of the Night Director & Writer

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