Jarosław, a young philologist, finds out that the academic world is ruled by cowardly conformists. His colleagues are slaves to the dumb, dishonest deputy rector who only cares about his own interests. Jakub, a diabolic professor, makes use of his intellect to manipulate others. He tries to introduce his younger colleague to the secret rules of academic careers. He ruthlessly uproots Jarosław's youthful idealism by showing that academic success is often available to those cynical and ruthless rather than those with a true talent. The film is a classic of "moral unrest" cinema. The academic world is a metaphor of the state system where compromise is a necessity that pays off. To compromise, to trade off interests is part and parcel of the "life game" played in Poland. The director seems to ask: will straightforwardness and honesty always have to lose in the individual's confrontation with society?
"The shallowness and cynicism at a university summer school camp becomes apparent through the relationship between a young linguistics professor, Jarosław (Piotr Garlicki), and his diabolical senior colleague, Jakub (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz), who protests against the former's liberal teaching approach. An ironic and absurd comedy, Camouflage mocks the status quo of academic conformity with witty humour. Although not ostensibly intended as a political film, director Krzysztof Zanussi's work was harshly received by the Polish government, who immediately granted Camouflage a place on their list of the year's banned films" Martin Scorsese Presents - Masterpieces of Polish Cinema
Critics Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival
Poland - 1977, 106’, 35mm, available in Full HD
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Produced by Studio Filmowe Tor