Date: 25 January 2023 (ended)
Time: 16:00
Category: Film
Location: Politeama Rossetti
Largo Giorgio Gaber, 1, 34126 Trieste TS


(Il numero perfetto / The Perfect Number)
Krzysztof Zanussi

Polonia – Italia – Israele / Poland – Italy – Israel
2022, HD, col., 85’
v.o. polacca – inglese – ebraica / Polish – English – Hebrew o.v.

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi. Fotografia / Photography: Piotr Niemyjski. Montaggio / Editing: Milenia Fiedler. Suono / Sound: Maria Chilarecka. Scenografia / Art Director: Anna Anosowicz, Joanna Macha. Costumi / Costume Designer: Justyna Stolarz. Interpreti / Cast: Andrzej Seweryn, Jan Marczewski, Julia Latosińska, Jan Nowicki. Produzione / Produced by: Documentary and Feature Film Studios (WFDiF). Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Polish Public Television (TVP), Revolver, Nina film, Transfax Film Productions. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Polish Film Institute. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: TVP.


Joachim is a mature man who no longer has to prove anything to anyone. He is wealthy and his life has been a success story. A whim of fate puts thirty-year-old David in his path. The young man is a mathematical genius who abandoned a promising business career abroad and is now looking for the right field to use his talents in Poland. Things get complicated when Ola enters David’s life. Joachim and David are two men at completely different stages of life. What can they learn from each other? How to choose between intellect, faith and love? The film premiered at the latest Gdynia Polish Film Festival.

The Perfect Number is a film about mathematics and God. It’s a story of a man renouncing wealth in favour of a passion that turns out to be worth even more. It’s also about emptiness in life and fulness of life, about selfishness and the joy of sharing with others. I return here to my first films: The Structure of the Crystal and Illuminations examining the relationship between science, life and faith.” (K. Zanussi)

Krzysztof Zanussi
Polish director, screenwriter, producer and author, Krzyszstof Zanussi was born in Warsaw in 1939. Before graduating in directing from Łódź Film School in 1967, Zanussi studied physics at the Warsaw University and philosophy at Jagellonian University. He is one of the best known and internationally recognized authors in Polish cinema. His works are often described as intellectual and deeply philosophical. The Trieste FF presented many of his previous films, inviting him in 2015 to hold a masterclass within the 26th edition of the festival.

filmografia scelta / selected filmography
1969 Struktura kryształu (La struttura del cristallo / The Structure of Crystal) 1973 Iluminacja (Illuminazione / Illumination); Premi / Awards: Locarno – Pardo d’Oro / Golden Leopard 1980 Constans (La costante / The Constant Factor); Premi / Awards: Cannes – Premio della giuria / Jury Prize 1981 Da un paese lontano: Giovanni Paolo II flm TV 1982 Imperativ; Premi / Awards: Venezia, Mostra del Cinema – Premio speciale della giuria / Venice FF – Special Jury Prize 1984 Rok spokojnego słońca (L’anno del sole quieto / The Year of the Quiet Sun); Premi / Awards: Venezia, Mostra del Cinema – Leone d’Oro / Venice FF – Golden Lion 1996 Cwał 2000 Życie jako śmiertelna choroba przenoszona drogą płciową (Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease) 2005 Persona non grata; Czołgi (episodio di / episode of Solidarność, Solidarność diretto con / directed with F. Bajon, J. Bromski, R. Bugajski, J. Domaradzki, F. Falk, R. Gliński, A. Jakimowski, J. J. Kolski, J. Machulski, M. Szumowska, P. Trzaskalski, A. Wajda) 2014 Obce ciało (Corpo estraneo / Foreign Body 2018 Eter (Ether) 2022 Liczba Doskonała (The Perfect Number)