Knife in the Water / Nóz w wodzie
Roman Polański, Poland, 1962
Directed by: Roman Polański
Script: Jakub Goldberg, Roman Polański, Jerzy Skolimowski
Producer: Stanislaw Zylewicz
Production company: Zespol Filmowy "Kamera"
Cinematography: Jerzy Lipman
Editing: Halina Prugar-Ketling
Music: Krzysztof Komeda
Cast: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz
Format: video
Running time: 94'

A taut, diabolically clever psychological thriller, 'Knife in the Water' takes place almost entirely in a single setting: a small yacht, on which a successful, middle-aged sportswriter, his wife and a young hitchhiker whom the couple spontaneously invited along set out for a weekend sailing expedition. Once on the water, the writer's jealousy of the younger man's virility and good looks manifests itself in an escalating contest of macho gamesmanship - which comes to focus dangerously on the bluntly phallic hunting knife of the title. A brilliant crystallization of what would become Polanski's favorite themes - sexual cruelty, violence, vanity, isolation, claustrophobia, betrayal and paranoia - 'Knife in the Water' is one of the great feature debuts in film history.

Awards and Festivals
Venice Film Festival 1962 – FIPRESCI Award
Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film 1964

Directors Biography
Roman Polański is an Academy Award-winning Polish-French film director, writer, actor, and producer. After beginning his career in Poland, Polański became a celebrated arthouse filmmaker, and Hollywood director of such films as 'Rosemary's Baby' (1968) and 'Chinatown' (1974). 'Tess' (1979) was awarded several Oscars and Cesars. With 'The Pianist' (2002) Polanski won nearly all the most important film awards, including the Oscar for best directing, Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, the BAFTA and Cesar Award. He likes to act in his and the films of other directors ('A Generation', 'Frantic', 'Repulsion').

Location and screening schedule: ZAGREB DANCE CENTER, Tuesday, October 22nd at 20.30