The Big Animal

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2000, 73 minutes





Director: Jerzy Stuhr

Screenplay: Krzysztof Kieślowski

Cinematographer: Paweł Edelman

Music: Abel Korzeniowski

Producers: Janusz Morgenstern, Sławomir Rogowski

Principal Cast: Jerzy Stuhr, Anna Dymna, Dominika Bednarczyk


Scripted by the late Krzysztof Kieślowski and shot in shimmering black-and-white by Paweł Edelman (the Oscar-nominated cinematographer for Roman Polański’s The Pianist), The Big Animal is an inspiring film celebrating the most human of themes: love, tolerance and sacrifice. The film’s director Jerzy Stuhr stars as Zygmunt Sawicki, an ordinary bank clerk in a small Polish town, who awakens one morning to discover a camel outside his kitchen window. As he and his wife grow increasingly fond of their remarkable pet, the animal evokes their neighbors’ jealousy and greed. The Big Animal is a charming fairy tale for grownups – a wise and cautionary parable about tolerance that is at once funny, compassionate and heartwarming.


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