(Poland / 1976 /Written and Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi)
Unrated / 101 mins.
An ironical and absurd comedy, Camouflage transports us to a university summer school camp where the shallowness and cynicism of the academic milieu becomes apparent through the relationship between a young linguistics professor, Jaroslaw, and his diabolical senior colleague, Jakub.
“All people are conformists just like you and I,” exclaims the latter, protesting against the liberal teaching approach of Jaroslaw. Renowned contemporary Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi presents the deeply troubling premise of academic conformity with witty humor mocking the status quo. Not intended as a political film, Camouflage was harshly received by the Polish government, immediately landing on the year’s list of banned films. 1981 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Special Award – winner. 1977 Polish Film Festival – Best Screenplay – winner, Best Actor (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz) – winner, Grand Prix Golden Lions – winner. 1978 Rotterdam IFF – Critics Award – winner. 1977 Tehran IFF – Best Directing – winner. 1981 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Special Award – winner.