„Everyone wants to change the world whenever they make the effort to do something. I don’t think I ever believed the world could be changed in the literal sense of the phrase. I thought the world could be described.”
(Krzysztof Kieślowski, from an interview with Stanisław Zawiśliński)
Krzysztof Kieślowski – director of documentary and feature films, screenwriter. Born in 1941 in Warsaw; died there in 1996.
A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love (1988), two films in the DECALOGUE series, gained Kieślowski international recognition. In 1991 with The Double Life Of Veronica Kieślowski began making his films as Polish-French co-productions, and from 1993 all his films were collaborative efforts with the renowned French producer Marin Karmitz.
After completing the Three Colors trilogy (1993-94), Kieślowski announced that he was quitting filmmaking. During the last months of his life, he worked with Piesiewicz on screenplays for a trilogy consisting of works titled Paradise, Purgatory and Hell. (two of those films have been produced so far: Heaven directed by Tom Tykwer and Hell directed by Danis Tanović).
During his lifetime, Krzysztof Kieslowski won numerous awards for his work, among them: the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival for Three Colors: Blue and the Silver Bear at the International Film Festival in Berlin for Three Colors: White.
In 1990 the director became an honorary member of the British Film Institute for his „outstanding contributions to the culture of the moving image” and in 1993 he received the Order of Literature and Art of the Minister of Culture of France. In 1994 Kieślowski was awarded the Danish C.J. Soning Award for his contribution to the development of film art and European culture, and that same year he was nominated for an Academy Award for directing and writing of Three Colors: Red.
In 1995 he became a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Kieślowski received the European Media Award (Girona) in 1996 and was a winner of the Felix Award of the European Film Academy.