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The power of ten - ICA, Deptford Cinema and JW3 celebrate Kieślowski's Decalogue

Date posted: 26.11.2014

With the 25th Anniversary of Krzysztof Kieślowski's renowned Polish television drama series The Decalogue approaching, the ICA, Deptford Cinema and JW3 are coming together to celebrate the filmmaker with a rich and wide-ranging retrospective. All events are supported by Film Hub London's Boost Award.

The Decalogue broke new ground with its release in 1989 - offering gripped audiences ten one-hour films inspired by the Ten Commandments.  Co-written with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, the series boasts the style and intensity that make Kieslowski one of the masters of contemporary European cinema.

Alongside the films that make up The Decalogue, this season gives you the rare chance to see Kieslowski's early documentaries and other lesser known works from the director behind The Three Colours Trilogy and The Double Life of Veronique.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts

The retrospective kicks off at the ICA on 27 November-9 December 2014. Kieślowski's groundbreaking 10-part TV drama The Decalogue will be screened in its entirety and the programme also includes screenings of the director's early documentary work, plus rare highlights from his back-catalogue.

Friday 28 November: Personnel (1976) + Q&A with cinematographer Witold Stok

A rare chance to see Kieślowski's debut feature, starring Juliusz Machulski. as Romek Januchta, an apprentice tailor for the local theatre who is fascinated with art.

Sunday 30 November: The Scar (1976)

Set in the 1970s, The Scar follows a political party man who is made responsible for constructing a massive chemical factory in a small town. Building the factory conflicts with the desire of the local people, who become increasingly concerned with how the factory can benefit them.

Tuesday 2 December: Camera Buff (1979) + Q&A with cinematographer Jacet Petrycki

This award-winning film follows factory worker Filip who develops an interest in filmmaking after using an 8mm camera to film his baby daughter. When the factory owner asks him to film Jubilee celebrations at the plant, Filip begins to think about the power for filmmaking He begins to see how his hobby can be turned into art, and possibly change his life.

This screening is followed by a Q&A with Jacet Petrycki, the renowned cinematographer of Europa Europa, who worked on Camera Buff.

Wednesday 3 December: The Calm (1976)

 Based on a story by Lech Borski, The Calm follows a young man in search of a news start after he  leaves prison. his When he is forced into a conflict between a corrupt construction company boss and his fellow workers who decide to strike, his dreams of a better path are shattered.

Thursday 4 December: No End (1984)

The first film Kieslowski made after the declaration of martial law in Poland, this indescribable film includes elements of psychological drama, ghost stories, romance and courtroom drama, as well as political and metaphysical elements.

Friday 5 December: Documentaries and Short Subjects + Discussion

Between 1969 and 1980, Kieślowski shot a number of  documentaries and shorts that are rarely seen in the UK. This event includes the screening of his graduation film, and is followed by a panel discussion with 

  • Mehelli Modi Founder of Second Run DVD
  • Michael Brooke Sight & Sound writer with a specific interest in Polish cinema
  • Marc Isaacs, Award-winning documentary filmmaker
  • Wiltold Stok, Director of Photography that worked with Kieslowski

Saturday 6 December: Blind Chance (1987)

Pioneering a style later adopted by many other filmmakers, Blind Chance shows three different outcomes from a boy running to catch a train. Across three stories the audience sees his life as an oppositionist, an activist in a socialist organisation, and a physician shunning politics. Originally filmed in 1981, Blind Chance was heavily censored by Polish authorities and banned until 1987.

Sunday 7 December: A Short Film About Killing (1988)

An expanded version of episode five of The Decalogue, that launched launched Kieślowski's international career. In this psychological study of murder the paths of three men cross: a cabbie, a lawyer, and a killer.

The Decalogue in Deptford 

From Tuesday 2 December to Tuesday 16 December, Deptford Cinema is joining in the celebrations, hosting screenings of The Decalogue.

Watch the whole thing for £12

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A Short Film About Killing at JW3

On Wednesday 17 December, the season heads to JW3 in Camden for Kieślowski's breakthrough featureA Short Film about Killing.  

Written and directed by Kieślowski the film attacks capital punishment, and was instrumental in the abolition of the death penalty in Poland.

Find out more and book tickets

Film Hub London' Boost Award

Available to members of Film Hub London, the Boost Award is aimed at enabling exhibitors to broaden their programming, increase opportunities for audience engagement and facilitate new collaborative partnerships.

Even though applications for the latest round of the Boost Award are closed still be on the lookout for more information, and new opportunities to screen film projects.

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