Knife in the Water
(Nóz w wodzie)

Screening on Film
Directed by Roman Polanski.
With Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz.
Poland, 1962, 35mm, black & white, 94 min.
Polish with English subtitles.

P is for Polanski

Based on Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s script, Polanski’s first feature film is considered one of the most significant cinematic achievements of Eastern European cinema during the Communist era. It is a simple, intimate story involving a couple on a yachting weekend who participate in an intricate—and dangerous—emotional game with a young, attractive hitchhiker. With just three characters, a boat, and a huge expanse of sea, the film descends into dramatic convolutions that build an ambiguous tension while revealing the deep psychological complexities of the characters.

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