The Big Animal (Duze Zwierze) was scripted by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski, directed by star Jerzy Stuhr, and shot in shimmering black-and-white by cinematographer Pawel Edelman (Academy Award®-nominee for Roman Polanski's The Pianist). It is a lovely, passionate film that exposes greed and pettiness while celebrating the most beautiful human themes: Love, friendship and tolerance. When the circus leaves town, Zygmunt Sawicki and his wife Marysia unwittingly adopt a camel into their family. The couple quickly forms a close bond with the nameless camel. At first the townspeople, too, are enthralled with the giant animal, since it is a welcome distraction from their everyday routine. As the bond between the couple and their camel grows stronger, the town-people suddenly begin to ostracize them ... Renowned filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski (The Decalogue, Three Colors Trilogy) wrote the screenplay (based on the novel, Wielblad, by Kazimierz Orlos) in the 1970s, at the height of political oppression and social upheaval during the Communist era. This hothouse environment cultivated Poland's Cinema of Moral Anxiety and subversive criticism through the arts when it was difficult to speak openly. Mr. Kieslowki's friend Elzbieta Scotti safeguarded the script of The Big Animal and after his death, returned it to his widow.
Jerzy Stuhr, Anna Dymna, Rubio the Camel.
Music, Abel Korzeniowski ; editor, El̇ż̇̇bieta Kurkowska ; director of photography, Paweł Edelman.
Title from resource description page (viewed February 03, 2017). Won 2000 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Award of Ecumenical Jury Won 2000 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Special Prize of the Jury Won 2000 Polish Film Festival, Best Score Won 2001 Wiesbaden goEast, Golden Lily