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Dekalog

Friday, September 2 - Thursday, October 6, 2016

A DEKALOG pass, good for admission to any screening of each of the five, paired hour-long parts plus a screening of each of the two A SHORT FILM ABOUT features, is available for $55 ($35 for IFC Center members) online or at the box office. Just select the appropriate ticket price when purchasing.

This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieślowski is one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Originally made for Polish television, DEKALOG focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. The series’ ten hour-long films, drawing from the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration and an overarching structure, grapple deftly with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth, and the passage of time. Shot by nine different cinematographers, with stirring music by Zbigniew Preisner and compelling performances from established and unknown actors alike, DEKALOG arrestingly explores the unknowable forces that shape our lives.

Special DEKALOG Trivia:

All twelve films were shot and edited over an eighteen- month period, with overlapping production and postproduction processes. For example, in one day, scenes from three different films might be shot in the same location.

When DEKALOG first played at the 1989 Venice Film Festival, critics wanted to know which commandment applied to which film. Under pressure, the festival assigned new titles to each film, specifying a commandment for each—which was never Kieślowski and Piesiewicz’s intention.

Look out for more trivia on individual film pages!

DEKALOG posters (above) on sale now at our concessions stand! Available for $25 ($20 members). Plus, Annette Insdorf’s classic text, DOUBLE LIVES, SECOND CHANCES: THE CINEMA OF KRZYSTZOF KIESLOWSKI book is also available, $25 ($20 members).

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