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Hospital of the Transfiguration
Szpital przemienienia
dir. Edward Żebrowski / Poland 1979 / 90’
subtitles: Polish and English

Cast

Piotr Dejmek, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Wojciech Pszoniak, Zygmunt Hübner, Gustaw Holoubek, Ewa Dałkowska

awards

Polish Film Festival 1979 – Best Sound, Silver Lion; Locarno International Film Festival 1979 – Special Mention

Film description

An adaptation of a novel by Stanisław Lem directed by Edward Żebrowski, who passed away this year. The film is a moral parable in which the young hero, a recently graduated medical student who begins working in a psychiatric hospital, sees his ideals come into confrontation with harsh reality. When he meets older doctors, corrupted by cynicism or half mad, he enters into a series of intellectual debates reminiscent of those from the works of Krzysztof Zanussi. Where is the boundary between genius and mental illness? Who is more important: a single patient or all of society? Should the insane be treated like human beings or guinea pigs? What, in fact, does it mean to be a doctor? The atmosphere heats up with the arrival of German soldiers – the year is 1939, and Poland, to be followed by all of Europe, will soon be in flames. A psychological game gives way in the end to a chaotic scramble and a desperate struggle for life.

Piotr Mirski

Information about director

Edward Żebrowski

Edward Żebrowski (1935-2014) was born in Warsaw. He studied Direction at the Lodz Film School. He is known for the screenplays that he co-wrote with Krzysztof Zanussi (including The Structure of Crystal, Zaliczenie (Credit), Behind the Wall). He directed three cinematic films, as well as several for television. He stopped working for health reasons. He was the chairman of the Council of the Polish Federation of Film Clubs. He lectured at various institutions in Poland, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.

Selected filmography

1972 Ocalenie / Salvation

1975 Miłosierdzie płatne z góry / Nachtdienst (co-dir., TV)

1979 Szpital przemienienia / Hospital of the Transfiguration

1981 W biały dzień / In Broad Daylight

1982 Niedostępna / Die Unerreichbare / The Unapproachable (co-dir., TV)

Cast & Crew

director: Edward Żebrowski
screenplay: Michał Komar, Edward Żebrowski
cinematography: Witold Sobociński
editing: Urszula Śliwińska
music: Stanisław Radwan
cast: Piotr Dejmek, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Wojciech Pszoniak, Zygmunt Hübner, Gustaw Holoubek, Ewa Dałkowska
producer: Tadeusz Drewno
production: Zespół Filmowy Tor
sales: SF Tor
awards: Polish Film Festival 1979 – Best Sound, Silver Lion; Locarno International Film Festival 1979 – Special Mention
language: Polish, German
colouration: colour
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