This evening, there's the ghost of a young lawyer and the genuis of a legendary movie-maker on screen. The latter, for one last time.
The Hyderabad Film Club, in collaboration with the Embassy of The Republic of Poland, New Delhi, and the Federation Of Film Societies Of India, is screening a series of short films and feature films of Polish director Krzystof Kieslowski, as a tribute to the legend, from 13th to 20th December, at Sarathi Studios, Ameerpet.
16 short films and 5 feature films will be screened during these days. Today, the 7th day, a feature film called No End will be screened.
This is the story of the ghost of a young lawyer, who observes the world as it is after martial law. Three motifs interweave. A worker accused of being an activist with the opposition and whom the young lawyer was to defend, is now being defended by an older, experienced colleague who is resigned to compromise.
The lawyer’s widow only realizes after her husband’s death how much she loved him and tries to come to terms with her emptiness.
And there’s the metaphysical element - that is, the signs which emanate from the man who’s not there anymore, towards all that he’s left behind.
Krzysztof Kieslowski was born in 1941 in Warsaw, Poland. At a young age he decided to become a theatre director, but during those days there was no specific training program for directors. So he chose to study film as an intermediate step. After that he continued his education in the famed Polish film school in Lodz that also produced Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda.
Kieslowski started his career with documentaries, focusing on the everyday lives of city dwellers, workers and soldiers. Though he was not an overtly political filmmaker, his productions were controversial, causing many discussions among the public as well as among the authorities.
His first feature film was Personnel in 1975, which won him the first prize at the Mannheim Film Festival. His other movies also received wide acclaim and honors. In the '80s, he started his ambitious project, The Decalogue, a series of ten short films set in a Warsaw tower block, each nominally based on one of the Ten Commandments. It is now one of the most critically acclaimed film cycles of all time.
His films garnered a host of prestigious international awards, including the Golden Lion for Best Film and the Silver Lion (Three Colours) for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival, and the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival, in addition to 3 Academy Award nominations. Krzysztof Kieslowski died aged 54 on March 13, 1996, during an open-heart surgery following a heart attack.
The screenings are open only for invitees and members of the Hyderabad Film Club. For details regarding membership and screenings, please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243.