Krzysztof Kieslowski: I’m So-So… (1995)

KRZYSZTOF WIERZBICKI

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

/, 1995. , , . Screenplay by Krzysztof Wierzbicki. Cinematography by . Produced by . Music by . Film Editing by .

Having already enjoyed the success of 1994’s Red, which he premiered at Cannes and, during the press conference to promote it, announced that it would be his last effort as director, visionary filmmaker retired to a bucolic rural farm in Poland where he planned to spend the rest of his life, in his own words, sitting on a bench and smoking. Sadly, his plan was short-lived, he died after heart surgery at the age of 54, only a year after his old friend and colleague Krzysztof Wierzbicki caught up with him to conduct this lengthy interview about his life and career.

Kieslowski shares memories of his early life and first ambitions (which had no connection to filmmaking) before his art studies prompted him to apply for the nation’s state film school in Łódź, from which he was rejected twice before getting in. Wierzbicki asks him about a number of his key projects and film clips are liberally inserted between the director’s commentary on the ideas, both abstract and concretely political, that inspired them. Explorations of Blind Chance and The Decalogue will please fans, though the omissions of works as important as his masterpiece The Double Life Of Veronique and the first two entries in the Three Colors trilogy will leave viewers scratching their heads.

Ever the master of the enigma, however, Kieslowski doesn’t seem to need to talk about his films too much and probably doesn’t mind skipping a few; cynical and sharply funny, he displays an Eastern European allergy to praise but despite his brittle manner isn’t a tough subject to interview, generous in his reminiscences of the various details that went into the production of his works.

One of the most expansive and detailed opportunities to see the master speak and likely the last major interview he gave, this is a must-see for his fans.

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