The Big Animal

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The Big Animal
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Directed byJerzy Stuhr
Produced bySławomir Rogowski
Written byScreenplay:
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Original short story: Kazimierz Orłoś
StarringAnna Dymna
Jerzy Stuhr
Dominika Bednarczyk
Andrzej Franczyk
Stanisław Banaś
Krzysztof Gluchowski
Music byAbel Korzeniowski
CinematographyPaweł Edelman
Edited byElżbieta Kurkowska
Release date
2000 (2000) (Poland)
2004 (US)
Running time
73 minutes

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.


On 8 July 2000, the film was first released at the 35th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize, in tie with Peppermint Candy.[4][5]

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. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. 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]
  5. ^ Release Info on IMDb

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