*11 October* film & talk: Krzysztof Kieślowski – Blind Chance (Przypadek)

Posted on October 4, 2019


Join us for the next episode in the series of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s film & talk @Goleb. Friday, 11 October > doors 19:30 > start 20:00 > free entrance

Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how a banal incidence could make him:

a Party functionary,
a militant dissident,
or a common doctor.

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I don’t really know why there wasn’t any true description of Poland in the 1970s in the other arts. There wasn’t even a proper description of it in literature, and literature is easier to produce than film. It’s not subject to censorship to the same degree although individual writers or individual books might be.

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Yet films offered the best description of Poland. At the end of 1970s I realized that this description was limited, that we had reached these limits and that there was no point in describing this world any further.

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A result is ‘Blind Chance’, which is no longer a description of the outside world but rather of the inner world. It’s a description of the powers which meddle with our fate, which push us one way or another.

Krzysztof Kieślowski

With the film Blind Chance (Przypadek) the Polish director have made his first metaphysical drama on the notion of destiny and the difficulty of reconciling political ideals with personal happiness.

The film was first suppressed and then censored by the Polish government.

After the screening discussion on the film & Kieślowski will follow. This and upcoming episodes is led and co-organised by Goleb members Kristina Daurova & Igor Sevcuk.

Synopsis

Witek is a young medical student who is no longer sure whether he wants to become a doctor and decides to leave university for a year and go to Warsaw after his father’s death. Kieślowski dramatizes Witek’s journey as a series of different possibilities.

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