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Camera Buff - A Polish Film By Krzystof Kieslowski

Camera Buff - A Polish Film By Krzystof Kieslowski is an event that took place on 15-Dec-2006 in Hyderabad.
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What starts as a hobby - clicking photos - changes Mosz's life as he starts hitting fame. And then, starts to wreck it.

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 3rd day, a movie called Camera Buff will be screened.

Filip Mosz buys himself an 8mm camera to record the first years of his new baby. He becomes fascinated with his new acquisition, and his interests turn to filming subjects other than his family. In the factory where he works, his bosses seize the opportunity and appoint him their official chronicler. His films win prizes at amateur contests, and as his creative talents develop, so does his desire to record reality as it really is and not as it is officially reported to be.

At his factory, he is now confronted with censorship, and as a result of his films, his immediate boss is sacked: the management believes a documentary portrait of a disabled worker to be a discredit to their factory even though the person concerned is a model worker. Meanwhile, his wife, despising the time and commitment Mosz dedicates to his films, leaves him.

Mosz then opens his cans of film, exposing them to light. And he turns the camera on himself.

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.
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