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Poland | 1979
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Programme date: 16.01.2013
Programme time: 10.30
Synopsis

Factory worker Filip buys an 8mm camera to record his daughter's development. As the only man in town with the “film equipment”, he is ordered to shoot his company's anniversary celebrations. Later, however, Filip becomes the visual chronicler of official factory functions as well as an observer of everyday events in his town. His fascination with the possibilities of film begins to transform his life. He wins high praise for his film, but soon runs into increasingly strict censorship problems and his addiction to making films starts to threaten his marriage. 

Awards:
1979 Polish Film Festival - Golden Lion; Best Actor
1980 Chicago International Film Festival - Gold Hugo: Best Feature
1980 Berlin International Film Festival - Interfilm Award - Otto Dibelius Film Award
1979 Moscow International Film Festival - Golden Prize; FIPRESCI Prize
1980 Chicago International Film Festival - Gold Hugo: Best Feature
1980 Berlin International Film Festival - Interfilm Award - Otto Dibelius Film Award

Director Biography
Krzysztof Kieślowski

Krzysztof Kieslowski, one of the most influential and prominent Polish directors, was born in 1941 in Warsaw. After finishing Łódź Film School, Kieslowski started his director career by filming documentary and television films. Developing a specific style, by which he was later recognized, Kieslowski's interests in the beginning were the themes of everyday lives in communist Poland and ordinary people’s problems. In the ‘70s he directed some outstanding documentaries such as Workers '71: Nothing About Us Without Us (1971), The Bricklayer (1973), Curriculum Vitae (1975) and Hospital (1976). They elaborate on social and moral themes of Polish society of that period, and because of this, he was confronted with censorship and disapproval by the establishment for the first time. Realism and precise film language marking his documentaries he later used also in feature films, which allowed him a greater freedom of expression and brought international success.

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Director:
Krzysztof Kieslowski

Screenplay:
Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jerzy Stuhr

Director of photography:
Jacek Petrycki

Film Editing:
Halina Nawrocka

Producers:
Wielislawa Piotrowska

Production Companies:
Film Polski, Zespol Filmowy "Tor"

Cast:
Jerzy Stuhr, Malgorzata Zabkowska, Ewa Pokas, Stefan Czyzewski

Duration:
117`