18th Annual Wisconsin Film Festival (April 14-21 2016) presents two screenings of
COSMOS by Andrzej Żuławski
From the festival notes: "The highly anticipated first film from Andrzej Żuławski (Possession) in fifteen years sadly became the last when the Polish maverick died in February at 75. Fortunately, Cosmos is as crazed and audacious a final salvo as one could hope for, proving the iconoclast auteur retained his edge to the last. No one else made movies as charged and uncompromised as this, and one can easily perceive the fifteen years’ worth of ideas, energy, and sheer filmmaking brio Żuławski poured into this cinematic maelstrom. An adaption of the famously “unadaptable” modernist novel by Witold Gombrowicz, Cosmos follows a vampirish intellectual named Witold and his hedonistic friend Fuchs to a wooded guesthouse in Portugal, where Witold aspires to write a great novel. But after discovering a dead sparrow hanging from a string in the garden, Witold becomes consumed by an ever-expanding array of bad omens, while simultaneously harboring a growing sexual obsession with the owners’ comely daughter. The already feral film soon careens into a frantic web of paranoia and jealousy, delivered with incredible style. Best Director, Locarno Film Festival."
Related readings: "Locarno Interview: Andrzej Żuławski" after winning the Best Director award in Locarno 2015
"The 5 Best Andrzej Zulawski Films" written upon his passing on February 17, 2016 and
Click here for information about tickets and for the festival guide
Location: UW Cinematheque, Vilas Communications Hall, 821 University Ave. Madison, WI 53706