Krzysztof Kieślowski retrospective will be shown at the 12th Odesa International Film Festival

A retrospective of films by the famous Polish film director Krzysztof Kieślowski will be shown as part of the 12th Odesa International Film Festival, which will take place from August 14 to 21. This year, the two-time Oscar nominee and winner of 70 awards would be 80 years old. On this occasion, OIFF will screen his five films.

The retrospective program includes the following films:

  • Amator, 1979
  • The Double Life of Veronique, 1991
  • Three Colours: Blue, 1993
  • Three Colours: White, 1994
  • Three Colours: Red, 1994
  • Krzysztof Kieślowski was born on June 27, 1941, in Warsaw, but his family did not stay there for long, and the future director spent his childhood traveling firstly across an occupied and later post-war Poland. And at this time, he was fascinated by the imaginary worlds of books. Krzysztof Kieślowski was going to connect his life with the theater, considering it the most difficult of the arts. At that time, to become a theater director, you had to have a higher education, so Kieślowski chose a film school in Lodz. But he entered there only at third dash.

In his early documentaries, the director explored the moral condition of the nation and his generation, life in the communist country as a whole. In the early 1970s, Krzysztof Kieślowski began working as an assistant at the Warsaw Documentary Film Studio, but only formally, as he had been a director there from the beginning.

Krzysztof Kieślowski's documentary period ended in the early 1980s. The director made his first feature film in 1973. It was a short TV film Underground, which was shot in 9 days and re-shot during the last night. As Kieślowski wrote, he chose the standard path to feature film from a short telemeter to a full one, from a TV set to rent. Keslowski's films, made in the early 1980s, balance between socialist realism and documentary, between production drama and social criticism. Such film was The Scar, his debut full meter in 1976.

Krzysztof Kieślowski shot Amator film in 1979. This is a story about Philip, who becomes a documentary filmmaker against his will. He bought a movie camera after his daughter was born to film her every day, but suddenly became a sought-after documentary filmmaker at the factory he worked. As a director, Philip begins to understand how powerful and dangerous a camera is and that not everyone needs the truth. This complex and largely autobiographical film shows the state of Poland in the late 1970s. Amator became Kieślowski's pass to the world of great cinema. The film was awarded at international film festivals in Berlin, Chicago and Moscow.

The director's last four films have been co-produced with French companies. In them, Krzysztof Kieślowski masters the space of great ideas from changing reality to the concepts of freedom, equality and the mysteries of life and death.

The Double Life of Veronique in 1991 is one of Krzysztof Kieślowski's peaks as an artist. Divided into two parts, the film tells the story of two women named Veronica and Veronique, who played Irène Jacob and became the best actress at the Cannes Film Festival. And although the film was perceived coldly in Poland, the film was greeted with enthusiasm in the world, and especially in France. This is evidenced by the FIPRESCI prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury of the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, parallels with the film can be seen in outstanding films by other directors, such as Amelie and Mulholland Drive.

Krzysztof Kieślowski's trilogy Three Colors: Blue, White, Red became the director's farewell essay, in which he reflects on the basic concepts of European identity: equality, brotherhood, their boundaries, how freedom and justice correlate.

Each of the trilogy's films premiered in triumph. Three Colours: Blue won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and Goya Award, for the second part Kieślowski was recognized as the best director of the Berlinale, and the final film of the trilogy received César Award, an Oscar nomination, and Palme d'Or. After the premiere of _Three Colors: Red _at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994, Krzysztof Kieślowski announced his retirement from cinema. His latest work was the script for a trilogy of three films: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. During the director's lifetime, the project was not completed. After the death of Krzysztof Kieślowski, his co-author Krzysztof Piesiewicz completed the script, which was later filmed by Tom Tykwer.

Recall that the 12th Odesa International Film Festival will take place from 14 to 21 August. You can buy Festival tickets at:

*With the support of Ukrainian State Film Agency