The Big Animal
Written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski
One day a camel appears in a Polish village. It must have been left behind by a circus. Bereft and abandoned, it seeks out the garden of the Sawicki family, Zygmunt and Marysia, and they are happy to give it a home. "The Big Animal" is a fable written by Krzysztof Kieslowski, the Polish poet of serendipity and coincidence, who died in 1996. He wrote this screenplay in 1973, adapted from a novel. Now it has been filmed by his best friend Jerzy Stuhr, who stars as Zygmunt and appeared in many Kieslowski films, including "White." Kieslowski finds unexpected connections between characters, and unexpected meetings, and unintended consequences. Surely to acquire an orphaned camel is such an event. It is the kind of story that could be seen as a satirical attack on the government, or on the other hand, it might simply be the tale of a camel. You never know. It is whimsical, bittersweet, wise in a minor key. Source: Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
The Big Animal
Sun November 7, 2004, 7:00 & 9:00, Muenzinger Auditorium
Poland, 2000, in Polish, Black & White and Color, 73 min, not rated • official site
10 films for $60 with punch card
$9 general admission.
$7 w/UCB student ID,
$7 for senior citizens
$1 discount to anyone with a bike helmet
Free on your birthday! CU Cinema Studies students get in free.
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Duane Physics tower, is closest to Muenzinger. Free parking can be found after 5pm at the meters
along Colorado Ave east of Folsom stadium and along University Ave west of Macky.
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