It’s being reported today that after a long battle with cancer, Polish filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski has passed away at 75. For anyone who’s a cinephile or an aficionado of cultural excess and eccentricity, it is a great loss.
I’ve only seen a couple of his movies, but one of them was Possession, and that movie really cut through the fog of my late twenties. It’s surreal and uninhibited and distressing and beautiful, and I couldn’t believe anybody made movies like this.
Possession also contains a truly exceptional performance by Isabelle Adjani. It’s wholly unrestrained and indicative of Zulawki’s weird, singular genius:
Kino Lorber just acquired the rights to Zulawski’s last film, Cosmos,and they are expected to follow a summer theatrical release with a VOD rollout this fall. So in spite of today’s sad news, hopefully this will offer an opportunity for more people to discover and celebrate Andrjez Zulawski’s cinematic accomplishments.