ANDRZEJ ŻUŁAWSKI: THE THIRD PART OF THE NIGHT
Yön kolmannes, Trzecia częśc nocy / 1972 / 105min / 35mm
Sun 17.4.2016 klo 16:00 Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1 Helsinki
Andrzej Żuławski (1940–2016) was the uncompromising eminent of the European cinema, whose films one after another proved to be too splatterish for the art house audiences, and too spiritual for the trash viewers. Aside for the uncanny filmography his cult reputation has further grown thanks to various scandals surrounding his filming processes, and to the collisions with Polish authorities, which – in two cases – led to director’s exile.
The Third Part of the Night is Żuławski’s directorial debut and his masterpiece is based on the autobiographical screenplay by the director’s father. During WWII the Nazis produced a vaccine against typhus with the aid of Polish volunteers, whose everyday job was to sit in the medical institute and feed the lice carrying the disease with their bodies. In the minds of these people the whole wartime appeared as a uniquely morbid epoch; Żuławski penetrates into this experience with the whole power of his images, reflecting the feverish atmosphere and the rotting of the flesh.
The Polish word ”kroki” means steps. It is also the Finnish word for ”croquis”, meaning rapid drawings of a living model, often made in a series. In Kroki we celebrate the rich history and present day of Polish cinema with three masterpieces. The works have a common theme in the circumstances of life. Andrzej Żuławski´s The Third Part of the Night (Trzecia cześć nocy, 1971) opens up a desperate surreal view on the events of the II World War. Wilhelm and Anka Sasnal´s Parasite (Huba, 2013) tells a tale of three people whose existence is all about domination, dependence and survival. The Performer (2015) is a film about the performance artist Oskar Dawicki, whose career is based on the doubting and questioning the essence of his own identity.