Archive of films A Short Film about Killing / Krótki film o zabijaniu

Poland
1987, 85 min

Section: Six Close Encounters
Year: 2017

Why Krzysztof Kieślowski? Because I miss him a lot. He was a unique artist who told us so much about the world and about ourselves. I chose A Short Film about Killing, which can be summarised in just one sentence: a twenty-year-old man murders a taxi driver, and is convicted and hanged.  It is a story about a world where evil is commonplace. All the more reason to bring this film to the audience’s attention once again. As a powerful warning.

Barbara Hollender


Synopsis

Why Krzysztof Kieślowski? Because I miss him a lot. He was a unique artist who told us so much about the world and about ourselves. Today, his wisdom, tolerance and boundless honesty would be so important. I love his powerful dramas, such as Camera Buff, Blind Chance and the Three Colours trilogy, but I chose A Short Film about Killing, which can be summarised in just one sentence: a twenty-year-old man murders a taxi driver, and is convicted and hanged. So little, yet so much. It is a film about two deaths: one brutal, dealt in cold blood, and the other one equally brutal, but occurring in the majesty of law. A cry in defence of human life. It is also a story about a world where evil is commonplace. I think that, today, when armed conflicts are waged in various parts of the world, when terrorism is growing, nationalism is revived, and social life is steeped in aggression, this film needs to be brought to the audience’s attention once again. As a powerful warning.

Barbara Hollender

About the director

Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941, Warsaw – 1996, Warsaw) graduated from the National Film School in Łódź (1969). He worked as a documentarist for years before gradually moving over to features. His early films often dealt with issues involving “the average work day” in socialist Poland, and he became one of the leading figures of Poland’s “cinema of moral anxiety.” His dramatic output is characterized by a generalizing message, in which the themes that come to the fore treat ethical and moral ambiguity, coincidence, and fate as determining forces in human life. He grabbed the attention of the world with the ten-part TV series “Decalogue” (1987–89), a reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments, two episodes of which were expanded and released in theaters (A Short Film about Killing, 1987; A Short Film about Love, 1988). He ended his career with the psychological mystery The Double Life of Veronique (1991) and the loose trilogy Three Colours (1993–94).

Contacts

Studio Filmowe TOR
ul. Puławska 61, 02-595, Warszawa
Poland
Tel: +48 228 455 303

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Six Close Encounters
   
Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Screenplay: Krzysztof Kieślowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Dir. of Photography: Sławomir Idziak
Music: Zbigniew Preisner
Editor: Ewa Smal
Art Director: Halina Dobrowolska
Producer: Krzysztof Zanussi
Production: Studio Filmowe TOR
Cast: Mirosław Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
Sales: Studio Filmowe TOR

Guests

Barbara Hollender

Journalist

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