The Big Animal

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The Big Animal
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Directed by Jerzy Stuhr
Produced by Sławomir Rogowski
Written by Screenplay:
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Original short story: Kazimierz Orłoś
Starring Anna Dymna
Jerzy Stuhr
Dominika Bednarczyk
Andrzej Franczyk
Stanisław Banaś
Krzysztof Gluchowski
Music by Abel Korzeniowski
Cinematography Paweł Edelman
Edited by Elżbieta Kurkowska
Release date
2000 (2000) (Poland)
2004 (US)
Running time
73 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

The Big Animal (Polish: Duże zwierzę) is a 2000 Polish film directed by Jerzy Stuhr from a screenplay by Krzysztof Kieślowski, based on a short story Wielbłąd (1995) by Kazimierz Orłoś.[1][2][3]


Mr. Zygmunt Sawicki is a bank employee, who finds a camel in his yard one day. He decides to take charge of it and he and his wife Marysia take care of it. However, problems arise for both his fellow town-dwellers and the local authorities.


  • Jerzy Stuhr as Zygmunt Sawicki
  • Anna Dymna as Marysia Sawicka
  • Andrzej Franczyk as Bank Manager
  • Dominika Bednarczyk as Bank Clerk 1
  • Błażej Wójcik as Bank Clerk 2
  • Stanisław Banaś as Fire Chief
  • Krzysztof Gluchowski as Mayor
  • Feliks Szajnert as Drunkard


The film was shot in the following locations: Warsaw, Tymbark, Myślenice, Rabka.


The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2000 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.[4]

Home media[edit]

After distributing 35mm prints to theaters, Milestone Films released the film on DVD in 2003.



  1. ^ Petrakis, John; Michael Wilmington (November 3, 2000). "12TH ANNUAL POLISH FILM FESTIVAL FULL OF PROMISE". Chicago Tribune (subscription required). Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ Elder, Robert K. (June 9, 2004). "Movie review: 'The Big Animal'". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ Fry, Ted (October 8, 2004). "Camel is at heart of sweet, poetic fable". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "The Big Animal (2004)". Variety. Retrieved August 11, 2009. [dead link]

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