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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

Krzysztof Kieślowski: A Set of Short Docs


This collection of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s films offers a chance to revisit both celebrated classics and lesser-known yet equally significant works in the realm of Polish documentary filmmaking. From the director’s rich oeuvre emerges a clear, highly critical picture of the People’s Republic of Poland. Gray reality, ossified bureaucracy, complicated fates of people forced to function in an inefficient system. The director, focusing on individuals working against the odds, such as the surgeons depicted in the poignant Hospital, seeks to uncover universal truths about the human condition through their experiences.

Jakub Demiańczuk

Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941–1996) was a Polish filmmaker who started out as a director of documentaries. He gained international fame with the TV series The Decalogue (1989) and two films that were extended versions of its episodes, A Short Film about Killing and A Short Film about Love. These were followed by The Double Life of Veronique (1991) and his last work, the Three Colours trilogy (1993–94).

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DATE

April 9, 2024

TIME

4:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Atlantic D

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 10, 2024

TIME

10:30 AM

VENUE

Kino Atlantic C

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

Krzysztof Kieślowski: A Set of Short Docs

SECTION

DURATION

92 min

SALES

WFDiF

DECADE

EDITION

TRIGGER WARNING

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From the City of Łódź

ENGLISH TITLE

From the City of Łódź

ORIGINAL TITLE

Z miasta Łodzi

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Krzysztof Kieślowski

DURATION

17 min

YEAR

1969

COUNTRY

Poland

Supervised by Kazimierz Karabasz, this reportage from Lodz presents an optimistic commentary juxtaposed with images that capture the essence of the city much better than words.

Jakub Demiańczuk


The Bricklayer

ENGLISH TITLE

The Bricklayer

ORIGINAL TITLE

Murarz

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Krzysztof Kieślowski

DURATION

16 min

YEAR

1973

COUNTRY

Poland

Centered around a former shock worker preparing for the Labour Day parade, this film, critical of real socialism, remained shelved until the 1980s.

Jakub Demiańczuk


From a Night Porter’s Point of View

ENGLISH TITLE

From a Night Porter’s Point of View

ORIGINAL TITLE

Z punktu widzenia nocnego portiera

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Krzysztof Kieślowski

DURATION

15 min

YEAR

1977

COUNTRY

Poland

One of Kieślowski’s most famous documentaries uses the primitive views of a factory guard as a metaphor for a society yearning for total control. A theme still relevant, unfortunately, nearly half a century after its premiere.

Jakub Demiańczuk


Refrain

ENGLISH TITLE

Refrain

ORIGINAL TITLE

Refren

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Krzysztof Kieślowski

DURATION

1972

YEAR

10 min

COUNTRY

Poland

A record of the operations of a funeral parlor. Paranoid bureaucracy reaches man even after death.

Jakub Demiańczuk


Hospital

ENGLISH TITLE

Hospital

ORIGINAL TITLE

Szpital

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Krzysztof Kieślowski

DURATION

20 min

YEAR

1977

COUNTRY

Poland

A reporter’s account of a surgical duty station as a picture of the reality of perpetual shortages, bureaucracy, and permanent crisis. Grand Prix of the Krakow Film Festival.

Jakub Demiańczuk


Talking Heads

ENGLISH TITLE

Talking Heads

ORIGINAL TITLE

Gadające głowy

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Krzysztof Kieślowski

DURATION

14 min

YEAR

1980

COUNTRY

Poland

What do Poles want? What is most important to them? A fascinating insight into the spirit and consciousness of Poles during a turbulent time of social change, heralding the end of the totalitarian system.

Jakub Demiańczuk