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Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Kieslowski

The Navachitra Film Society will hold a retrospective of the works of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Hall on Saturday and Sunday as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.

Ten films will be screened. The films, ‘Blue,' ‘White,' ‘Red,' ‘A Short Film about Love' and ‘Blind Chance,' will be shown on Saturday.

Those to be screened on Sunday are ‘No End,' ‘A Short Film about Killing,' ‘Camera Buff,' ‘Decalogue One' and ‘The Double Life of Veronique.'

‘Three Colours: Blue,' ‘Three Colours: White' and ‘Three Colours: Red' form a trilogy that symbolise the three colours of the French national flag. The narratives of these films germinate from the three political ideals of the French Republic — liberty, equality, fraternity. The films problematise these three notions and visualise how they are woven into the fabric of reality.

‘The Decalogue One', which picturises human life being affected in the tussle between science and destiny, is the first of the 10 episodes of the television series, ‘The Decalogue.' Each episode of the series is based on one of the Ten Commandments.

‘A Short Film about Killing' is an intense examination of an accidental murder vis-à-vis the calculated corporeal punishment executed by the state. ‘A Short Film about Love' depicts an unusual love story.

‘Blind Chance' tells a tale of chances and coincidences while ‘The Double Life of Veronique' tells the strange story of two persons — Veronika, who lives in Poland, and Veronique, who lives in Paris.

‘Camera Buff' narrates the story of a novice filmmaker and ‘No End' about the state of Martial law in Poland after the banning of the trade union, Solidarity, in 1981.

Kieslowski, nominated twice for Academy Award, has inspired many generations of filmmakers. Navachitra dedicates the festival to filmmaker C. Saratchandran. Director G.S. Panicker will deliver a lecture on Saturday. K.J. Paulson will present a sitar recital on Sunday.

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