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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Dekalog' at Close-Up in London

Hello!

Just received Close-Up's newsletter with dates for screenings of legendary (for good reason) Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Dekalog', in September-October, and thought you might be interested.

I'm personally a massive fan of 'Dekalog'. Episodic in nature, it was originally made for television, and was broadcast in Poland in 1988-89, before being shown on international networks. It is an enduring artwork, and exemplifies a deep love and compassion for humanity amidst its complex navigations of life, a warm yet unflinching presentation of human experience in the context of a Warsaw housing estate, showing human lives at a juncture between disillusionment with Marxist ideology and its equally problematic political successor, provoking questions about meaningful personal and social existence. As Kieslowski once remarked in this regard,

"What is the true meaning of life? Why get up in the morning? Politics doesn't answer that."

Kieslowski was himself an agnostic, and 'Dekalog' is remarkable in its exploration of how the 'Ten Commandments' can transcend their religiosity and gain a potent secular meaning for humanity.


It's extremely moving, human, intellectual, real, and down to earth. It has something that feels so familiar, even though I never experienced Poland in the 1980s! There is a universality to the films (10 hours in total) that has a deep integrity, and doesn't confuse beauty with naive resolutions. Highly recommended. Brilliant that Close-Up is offering the chance to see them on a big screen. I remember how incredible I found the expressiveness of the actors - best appreciated large.

x Martha

Screening info below:

20 September – 18 October 2011: DEKALOG - THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


Tuesday 20 September – 8pm: DEKALOG I – II
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 53 & 57 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members


Tuesday 27 September – 8pm: DEKALOG III – IV
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 56 & 55 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members


Tuesday 4 October – 8pm: DEKALOG V – VI
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 57 & 58 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members


Tuesday 11 October – 8pm: DEKALOG VII – VIII
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 55 & 55 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members


Tuesday 18 October– 8pm: DEKALOG IX – X
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 58 & 57 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

programme details: http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=57e249d09500d0a296cbd7103&id=dab80fd810&e=856806c95e

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