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Documentary Shorts Kieslowski

Documentary Shorts Kieslowski

Four early short documentaries by Kieślowski, from pitch-black hospital humour to ballerinas of all ages: with Bricklayer, From a Night Porter’s Point of View, Hospital and Seven Women of Different Ages. Introuduced byexpert Benjamin Gijzel, Kieślowski’s regular translator and interpreter.

poster Documentary Shorts Kieslowski
Films in this programme:


  • still Bricklayer (Murarz) (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1973)

    Bricklayer (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1973, 18')

    A bricklayer remembers how, as an activist during the Stalinist era in the mid-’50s, he was encouraged by the Party to become a model worker (Stakhanovite) and to switch to an office job.

  • still From a Night Porter's Point of View (Z punktu widzenia nocnego portiera) (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1978)

    From a Night Porter's Point of View (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1978, 17')

    Portrait of a factory porter who adheres fanatically to strict discipline; a man with fascistic views balancing on the edge. His extremism even permeates his personal life: he tries to control everyone and everything in the conviction that rules are more important than people.

  • still Hospital (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1977)

    Hospital (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1977, 20')

    Kieślowski spent 24 hours filming in the accident & emergency department of a Polish hospital, which we see through the eyes of the (smoking) doctors; from the first briefing to the end of the shift. Kieślowski records the everyday, endless hospital work with a bone-dry sense of black humour.

  • still Seven Women of Different Ages (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1979)

    Seven Women of Different Ages (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1979, 16')

    Subtle portraits of seven dancers spread across the days of the week – from the youngest child making her first ballet steps to the oldest ballerina now working as a ballet teacher.



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still Hospital (Szpital) (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1977)
still Seven Women of Different Ages (Siedem kobiet w różnym wieku) (Krzysztof Kieslowski, PL 1979)
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