Krzysztof Kieślowski's Dekalog

SIFF Cinema Uptown | New Restoration
Back in a new restoration, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s ten part mini-series masterpiece is thematically based on the Ten Commandments and follows the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland. Co-presented by the Seattle Polish Film Festival.

Dekalog: One & Two

October 17 - 19, 2016

Poland | 1988 | 115 Minutes | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Dekalog One: Krzysztof, a semantics professor and computer hobbyist, is raising his young son, Paweł, to look to science for answers, while Irena, Paweł’s aunt, lives a life rooted in faith. Over the course of one day, both adults are forced to question their belief systems.
Dekalog Two: Dorota is in love with two men: her gravely ill husband, Andrzej, and a fellow musician who is the father of her unborn child. Andrzej’s doctor, himself no stranger to loss, is Dorota’s downstairs neighbor; she implores him to swear to a prognosis for her husband, and in doing so puts a very serious decision into his hands.

Dekalog: Three & Four

October 17 - 19, 2016

Poland | 1988 | 115 Minutes | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Dekalog Three: It’s Christmas Eve, and Ewa has plotted to pass the hours until morning with her former lover Janusz, a family man, by making him believe her husband has gone missing. During this night of recklessness and lies, the pair grapple with choices made when their affair was discovered three years ago, and with the value of their present lives.
Dekalog Four: A father and daughter, Michał and Anka, have a unique intimacy, which the college-aged Anka is beginning to feel conflicted about. When she finds an unopened letter from her deceased mother, it seems to justify her attraction to Michał, who may not in fact be her father.

Dekalog: Five & Six

October 18 - 20, 2016

Poland | 1988 | 121 Minutes | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Dekalog Five: Jacek, an angry drifter, murders a taxi driver, brutally and without motive. His case is assigned to Piotr, an idealistic young lawyer who is morally opposed to the death penalty, and their interactions take on an emotional honesty that throws into stark relief for Piotr the injustice of killing of any kind.
Dekalog Six: A teenage postal worker, Tomek, routinely spies on his older neighbor Magda, a sexually liberated artist who lives in the apartment across the courtyard from his. As their private worlds merge, fascination turns to obsession, and the line between love and curiosity becomes violently blurred.

Dekalog: Seven & Eight

October 18 - 20, 2016

Poland | 1988 | 113 Minutes | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Dekalog Seven: As a high school student, Majka bore a child, Ania, whom Majka’s mother, Ewa, has been raising as her own. Now that Majka is ready for motherhood, Ewa refuses to let go, leading Majka to kidnap her own daughter, with unexpected emotional consequences.
Dekalog Eight: Zofia, a professor of ethics, is visited by Elżbieta, an American researching the fate of Jews who survived World War II. A daytime classroom conversation turns into a night of confrontation, and Zofia is forced to answer for a decision she made decades ago that directly affected the course of Elżbieta’s life.

Dekalog: Nine & Ten

October 18 - 20, 2016

Poland | 1988 | 119 Minutes | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Dekalog Nine: Roman and Hanka have a loving marriage, but his impotence has led to her having an affair. The unbearable situation drives Roman to extreme measures both physically and mentally, testing their love and his own will to live.
Dekalog Ten: Jerzy and Artur’s father dies, leaving behind a valuable stamp collection, which, they discover, is coveted by dealers of varying degrees of shadiness. The more involved the brothers get in their father’s world, the more dire and comical their situation becomes.