Krzysztof Kieślowski: Kieslowski Shorts
Five early shorts by Kieślowski, full of his characteristic black humour, criticism of the authorities and odes to lonely, nameless individuals. Preceded by Preisner piano music played by Guy van Nueten and followed by a conversation with Kieślowski’s regular translator and interpreter.
Five short films by Kieślowski: the first two are fiction films he made at the famous film academy in Łódź, the next three are short documentaries. To open, pianist Guy van Nueten will play a piece by Preisner and a piece inspired by Kieślowski. Afterwards, Eye programmer of the future Korée Wilrycx will talk to Kieślowski expert Benjamin Gijzel, Kieślowski’s regular translator and interpreter.
Guy Van Nueten
Composer and pianist Guy Van Nueten enjoys a solid reputation in Belgium. He is active as a session musician, solo pianist and composer for theatre plays, dance performances and films. As of 2018, Guy composed music for 22 stage productions, 8 feature films, released 8 albums and is credited over 100 times on different albums as a keyboardplayer, arranger, composer or producer. His style has an urge towards purity and is influenced by baroque, pop music and electronic music. Guy is releasing an anthology of 20 years of composition assignments later this year.
Benjamin Gijzel left for Warsaw in 1973 to get to know life behind the iron curtain and to graduate on spatial planning in 30 years of the Polish People's Republic. He experienced how party leader Gierek threw open the borders to the West and saw that a lot was possible in film and theatre. Important films - they were labeled as ''the cinema of moral concern/disquiet'' - came to the Netherlands.
In 1980 he studied directing at the theater academy in Warsaw and witnessed the rise of Lech Walesa and the beginnings of Solidarnosc. Back in the Netherlands, he became the interpreter for the Polish filmmakers who came to the festival in Rotterdam and subtitled their films. He continued to work with Kieslowski after that, most recently with the master class for international filmmakers (1994), which Kieslowski gave in Amsterdam shortly before his death in 1996.
Tramway (Krzysztof Kieślowski, PL 1966, 5')
A young man shyly observes a girl in a tram. Not until he has got off the tram does he realise it’s now too late to ever really meet her. Beautiful in all its simplicity.
Concert of Requests (Krzysztof Kieślowski, PL 1967, 16')
A young couple on a motorcycle leave a campsite on a lake at the same time as a bus full of boisterous young people. When the young man accidentally loses his tent on the road, the bus passengers – believing in the ambiguity of love – suggest swapping the tent for his girlfriend.
Refrain (Krzysztof Kieślowski, PL 1972, 11')
One of Kieślowski’s first documentaries is a story about everyday funerals in the ’70s. An ironic, sarcastic look at the work of a funeral business. Nonsensical bureaucracy retains its grip on people even after death.
Slate (Krzysztof Kieślowski, PL 1976, 6')
Kieslowśki brilliantly edited together short clips of the clapperboards that start shooting on various films.
Talking Heads (Krzysztof Kieślowski, PL 1980, 16')
In this short film, Kieślowski asks the question "In which year were you born?" "Who are you?" and "What do you most wish for?" to forty different people, ranging from a baby to a one-hundred-year-old woman.
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