*8 June* film & talk: Krzysztof Kieślowski – Amator/Camera Buff, with Kristina Daurova & Igor Sevcuk

Posted on June 8, 2019


Join us for the first event in the series of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s films & talks with screening of Amator akaCamera Buff(1979). This and upcoming episodes will be led by our current guest in residence Kristina Daurova & co-organised with the team member Igor Sevcuk.

Camera Buff reflects Kieslowski’s early work period as the documentary director. While some scenes are shot with actors playing themselves, the main protagonist is puzzled by the work ethic of a documentary filmmaker. These are dilemmas with which Kieślowski has struggled as well. Furthermore, the filmrevealsthe essential co-dependency of the filmmaker’s work and life circumstances.

A talk on these and other related issues will follow the screening.

date: Saturday, 8 June doors open: 19:30 the film starts: 20:00
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Goleb
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free entrance

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 “The main character in Camera Buff has a kind of fascination with film which he suddenly discovers while making a home movie of his newly born daughter with an 8mm camera. It’s terribly amateurish, such a fascination. I wasn’t ever fascinated with a camera like that. Later on I made films because that was my profession, and I was too lazy or too stupid or both to change profession at the right moment. Besides, at the beginning, it seemed to me to be a good profession. It’s only now that I know how hard it is.

― Krzysztof Kieślowski

Synopsis:

Filip, a worker in a manufacturing plant, starts his film journey by accident. He buys an 8mm camera to film his daughter’s birth. The newborn girl is soon after in the background as her father gets fully involved with his new hobby – filming. Moving on with the technical side of shooting films leads Filip to rethink the purpose of creating films at all. He understands that the filmmaker’s mission is to present the real, often hidden, dramas of men. By acknowledging the film’s ways of functioning as a medium Filip begins to acquire a social and political consciousness.

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