Krzysztof Zanussi is not exactly a household name in North America, in terms of cinematic influence, as a Polish director, he is less infamous than Zulawski, and less famous than Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda, yet he has influenced Krzysztof Kieslowski and Agnieszka Holland. Set in post war Poland (1946), A Year of the Quiet Sun, is an incredibly romantic tale of love during hardship. This is not The English Patient, the romance in Zanussi's world is Freedom. Freedom from opression, even freedom from language and unbelievable hardship. Zanussi and Andrei Tarkovsky had made a promise to each other when they stopped in Monument Valley, Wyoming, on their way to a film festival. that they would film in this place that John Ford utilised as his canvas. Tarkovsky died unfortunetly before he was able to do so, and Zanussi... well, let's just say his ending is near perfect.