A SHORT SERIES ABOUT KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI
Among the most acclaimed directors of modern times, Warsaw-born Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941-1996) began working in film as a documentarian, but the heavy hand of censorship in 1970s Poland pointed him toward fictional stories as a truer way to reflect reality. As a narrative filmmaker, Kieślowski proved a master at turning ideas and moral dilemmas into the stuff of human drama in such features as BLIND CHANCE and the 10-part Polish television series the DEKALOG, two episodes of which were expanded into the feature-length films A SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING and A SHORT FILM ABOUT LOVE.
By the 1990s, Kieślowski’s talent had earned global recognition, and his final four films were international co-productions that brought his vision to a much wider audience without artistic compromise. THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE earned three top awards at the Cannes Film Festival for its hypnotic look at two women (both played by Irène Jacob) who share a strange connection. But the director’s most famous achievement is his ambitious “Three Colors” trilogy. These meditations on liberty (BLUE), equality (WHITE) and fraternity (RED) served as a sublime coda to Kieślowski’s career; he announced his retirement with RED and died two years later.
Series programmed by John Hagelston and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston and Chris LeMaire.