DEKALOG: ONE and TWO

DEKALOG: ONE
Krzysztof, a semantics professor and computer hobbyist, is raising his young son, Paweł, to look to science for answers, while Irena, Paweł's aunt, lives a life rooted in faith. Over the course of one day, both adults are forced to question their belief systems. DIR/SCR Krzysztof Kieślowski; SCR Krzysztof Piesiewicz; PROD Ryszard Chutkowski. Poland, 1989, color, 56 min, DCP. In Polish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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DEKALOG: TWO
Dorota is in love with two men: her gravely ill husband, Andrzej, and a fellow musician who is the father of her unborn child. Andrzej's doctor, himself no stranger to loss, is Dorota's downstairs neighbor; she implores him to swear to a prognosis for her husband, and in doing so puts a very serious decision into his hands. DIR/SCR Krzysztof Kieślowski; SCR Krzysztof Piesiewicz; PROD Ryszard Chutkowski. Poland, 1989, color, 59 min, DCP. In Polish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieślowski is one of the twentieth century's greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Originally made for Polish television, DEKALOG focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. The series' ten hour-long films, drawing from the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration and an overarching structure, grapple deftly with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth and the passage of time. Shot by nine different cinematographers, with stirring music by Zbigniew Preisner and compelling performances from established and unknown actors alike, DEKALOG arrestingly explores the unknowable forces that shape our lives.

Krzysztof Kieślowski
114 Minutes
Drama

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