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Ferdydurke

by Cin³a

Synopsis

Thirty-year-old Joe is abducted by schoolteacher Pimko and placed in a school where “daily universal impotence” is drummed into the students.

This institutional belittlement exposes Joe to the brutality of the social, cultural, and political pretensions of both teachers and classmates. Trapped between the expectations of others and the perils of solitude, Joe finds refuge in his own childishness. Based on Gombrowicz’s surreal autobiographical novel, Skolimowski’s film brings to wonderful comic life Joe’s escape from the school, his bizarre visit to the country estate of his relatives, and the ultimate flight with his cousin beneath the giant buttocks that have usurped the sun.

Awards

1991 Venice Film Festival
Nominated Golden Lion (Jerzy Skolimowski)

Credits

Iain Glen
Joey
Crispin Glover
Mintus
Robert Stephens
Prof. Pimco
Fabienne Babe
Sophie
Pawel Bawolec
Fizz
Jerzy Binczycki
Prof. Filidor
Judith Godr²che
Zoo
Krzysztof Janczar
Leo
Tadeusz Lomnicki
Uncle
Jan Peszek
Mr. Young
Beata Pozniak
Flora Gente
Marek Probosz
Syphonus
Dorota Stalinska
Mrs. Young
Zbigniew Zamachowski
Tom
Artur Zmijewski
Kopyrda
Director
Jerzy Skolimowski
Writers (original book)
Witold Gombrowicz
Writers (screenplay)
Joseph Kay
Jerzy Skolimowski
Producers
Philippe Carcassonne
Cinematography
Witold Adamek


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