Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 75th Birthday

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To celebrate the 75th birthday of Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941-1996), one of the most influential film directors in Poland and a renowned artist around the world, The National Institute of Audiovisual Arts (Narodowy Instytut Audiowizualny) or NInA, for short, is organising a film screening of two of his most iconic films and a photo exhibition.

June 29 (18:00-23:00). Do not miss the chance to see Red (from the Three Colours Trilogy) and the The Double Life of Véroniqueboth featuring Irene Jacobs, one of the main guests at this year’s Transatlantyk Festival in Lodz.

Enjoy this compilation of interviews: Irene Jacobs and Juliette Binoche on Kieślowski and Kieślowski on film-making.

The first thing I saw was “A Short Story About Love” [A Short Film About Love]. It was one of the Decalogue’s stories but it was made into a feature film, a long feature film and I really loved it. And it was very special for me to see a film from Poland. The idea of one day meeting this director from Poland would’ve never occurred to me. It really look like that was another world, and another kind of culture, and I was very impressed.

 – Irene Jacobs

Well, he came from a school in Poland where they didn’t have a lot money so they have to have it right one take, no money to bullshitting, try it again or, and what about this one, what about that, you know. It was straightforward. That’s why he was rehearsing that way, that much…

– Juliette Binoche

Documentaries were Krzysztof Kieślowski’s first great love. Today, when his worldwide successes as a director of feature films have obscured his documentaries, eclipsed them, we somehow forget how significantly the documentary film years preceding this success shaped Kieślowski’s artistic identity and how much his features owe to his experience as a documentary filmmaker.

– Film critic Marek Hendrykowski

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