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Dekalog 7 & 8

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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 Originally made for Polish television, Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face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. Its 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.

Dekalog 7
Krzysztof Kieślowski
1988 | 55 min | Colour | Digital
Polish with English subtitles

Dekalog 7 (which plays brilliantly on "Thou shalt not stea"') tells the story of Majka, who kidnaps her daughter Ania from her own mother, who is herself extremely attached to her granddaughter. A surreal episode, especially in terms of the visual frames that often interplay with the glances of the child, the plot relies on the tension between the two mothers Ewa and Majka, while little Ania is the victim of them both.

Dekalog 8
Krzysztof Kieślowski
1988 | 55 min | Colour | Digital
Polish with English subtitles

Dekalog 8 is about a Jewish woman, Elzbieta, who comes back to Warsaw after many years to question the philosophy professor who refused to give her shelter during World War II. This episode touches in such a poetic yet dramatic way on one of the main themes of Dekalog: the existence of moral and ethical contradictions that are out of the control of even well-intentioned individuals.


Part of our season on Krzysztof Kieślowski

Tickets: £10 / £8 conc. / £6 Close-Up members
Box Office: 02037847970
Close-Up Cinema, 97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR