fbpx Ether | Gene Siskel Film Center
22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival



2018, Krzysztof Zanussi, Poland/Ukraine, 118 min.
Jacek Poniedzialek, Zsolt László

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 22nd 6:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 27th 8:15pm

“There aren’t many directors left who can impudently inject high culture into the soul of their films the way Zanussi can, and still deliver a gripping historical drama.”--Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

The moral and philosophical puzzles that have long characterized the work of Zanussi (A YEAR OF THE QUIET SUN) abound in this dark historical tale with a zinger of a Faustian twist. A doctor experimenting with the new drug ether inadvertently kills a young woman after overdosing her in order to commit rape. Sentenced to hang, he receives a stunning last-minute reprieve, and volunteers as a military doctor at a border outpost just prior to WWI. With little supervision and few duties, the doctor freely pursues dangerous experiments with ether under the mantle of scientific inquiry. Manipulating an innocent young assistant to gratify his obsession with the limits of pain and the roots of free will, he ultimately finds himself the victim of a far more ruthless manipulator. In Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Latido Films. (BS)

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