Poland | 1988
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Programme date: 19.01.2013
Programme time: 10.30

Jacek, disgruntled young man, brutally kills a taxi driver and is condemned to death by the courts. Recently graduated and idealistic lawyer Piotr defends the boy at the trial, but fails to shield him from death by hanging.

In 1988 Krzysztof Kieslowski directed a series of ten short films for Polish television, under the title Dekalog. Each film was based on one of the Ten Commandments. Fifth episode originally called Thou Shalt Not Kill expanded into feature and became A Short Film About Killing. This film won numerous awards, including the Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the European Film Academy Award for Best Film.

1988 Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize; FIPRESCI Prize
1988 Polish Film Festival - Golden Lion Award
1988 European Film Awards - European Film Award: Best Film
1990 French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - Critics Award: Best Foreign Film

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.


Krzysztof Kieslowski

Krzysztof Kieślowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz

Director of photography:
Sławomir Idziak

Film Editing:
Ewa Smal

Ryszard Chutkowski

Production Companies:
Zespol Filmowy "Tor"

Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz