Andrzej Żuławski passed away earlier this year, but we still have one last film from the Polish master to look forward to: “Cosmos,” which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival last summer (where it won Best Director) and opens domestically in a few weeks. Watch the trailer for Żuławski’s swan song now.
Sabine Azéma and Jean-François Balmer star in the “metaphysical noir thriller,” which marks the writer/director’s first film since 2000’s “Fidelity.” Should you be so inclined, avail yourself of the film’s official premise:
“The late Andrzej Zulawski’s final film, a literary adaptation suffused with his trademark freneticism, transforms Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz’s novel of the same name into an ominous and manic exploration of desire. Witold who has just failed the bar, and his companion Fuchs, who has recently quit his fashion job, are staying at a guesthouse run by the intermittently paralytic Madame Woytis. Upon discovering a sparrow hanged in the woods near the house, Witold’s reality mutates into a whirlwind of tension, histrionics, foreboding omens, and surrealistic logic as he becomes obsessed with Madame Woytis’s daughter Lena, newly married to Lucien.”
Żuławski remains best known for 1981’s “Possession,” an unsettling psychodrama starring Isabelle Adjani (who won Best Actress at Cannes) and Sam Neill that was once accurately (if reductively) described as “a movie about a woman who fucks an octopus.” Kino Lorber will release “Cosmos” on June 17.