【HKIDF2019】Additional Screenings - Free Admission

Date Time Venue Film
6/12 (Fri) 7:30 pm Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum Camera Buff
7/12 (Sat) 7:00 pm Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum Docs by Kieślowski-1 + Talk
8/12 (Sun) 7:00 pm Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum Special Selection-Shorts

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Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941-1996) was a Polish film director. He graduated from the National Film School in Łódź in 1968 and spent his early career making numerous documentaries. His first narrative feature film, The Scar, was released in 1976, and his subsequent works include Camera Buff, Blind Chance, Dekalog, The Double Life of Veronique and the Three Colours trilogy.

Camera Buff

Krzysztof Kieślowski
Poland / 1979 / 117 min
In Polish with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
After Philip, an ordinary factory worker, buys an 8mm camera to film his newborn daughter, he is soon tasked with filming various functions and events at the factory. His works are well received, and he begins to develop a passion for making short films. However, he soon discovers that in filmmaking not everything is decided by the director, and some subjects can be filmed while others are off-limits.


Docs by Kieślowski-1

The Office

Poland / 1966 / 5 min
In Polish with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
The film chronicles the day-to-day operation of a government office, where every day senior citizens line up to hand in various forms and documents, followed by seemingly endless waiting and getting caught in what appears to be an epitome of bureaucracy.

Curriculum Vitae

Poland / 1975 / 29 min
In Polish with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
This account of a Polish Politburo meeting convened to discuss the potential removal of a member from the party may be fictional, but is definitely grounded in reality and shed a satirical light on the autocratic regime in Poland at the time.

From a Night Porter’s Point of View

Poland / 1977 / 17 min
In Polish with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
The film follows a typical factory watchman as he goes about his daily routine at work and also asks about his views on current affairs. The man may be a low-level bureaucrat, but the fact that he wields almost unlimited power in his little domain is testament to the dysfunctional bureaucracy prevalent under the communist regime at the time.

Seven Women of Different Ages

Poland / 1978 / 16 min
In Polish with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
The seven days of the week are each represented by a ballet dancer, all of different ages. From the child dancer of Wednesday to the senior dance instructor of Tuesday, the cycle repeats, much like life itself.

Railway Station

Poland / 1980 / 14 min
In Polish with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
Taking the perspective of an objective bystander, the film observes the activity inside Warsaw Central Railway Station: departing and returning passengers, inaudible whispers between travelers, a locker user studying the coin slot, bittersweet farewells between lovers -- everything is captured by the closed-circuit TV system.


Special Selection-Shorts

Agnes

Dorota Kędzierzawska
Poland / 1980 / 6 min
No Dialogue

Synopsis
A visual poem about a young girl playing in the garden.

Director's Profile
Dorota Kędzierzawska was graduated from the Łódź Film School’s Directing Department in 1981. She is one of them most well-known Polish film director, and she has received multiple awards, such as Best Director and Best Documentary at Polish Film Awards. Her works include Devils, Devils, Crows and Tomorrow Will Be Better. Tomorrow Will Be Better was awarded Best Feature Film and Peace Film Award at Berlin International Film Festival.

Internal: 55

Sławomir Fabicki
Poland / 1997 / 10 min
In Polish with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
A camera is set up next to a public phone inside a children’s hospital and produces a record of various conversations and a portrait of the hospital’s young inhabitants.

Director's Profile
Sławomir Fabicki is a film director and screenwriter who graduated from the Łódź Film School in 2002, major in film and television directing. His works include Recovered and Men's Case.

Connected

Aleksandra Maciejczyk
Poland / 2018 / 18 min
In Polish with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
At first glance they may look like a typical couple on a ski trip, but a closer look reveals something quite extraordinary: the husband is visually impaired and his every move is guided by his wife through radio.

Director's Profile
Aleksandra Maciejczyk is now in her fifth year at the Łódź Film School. Her works Connected was nominated in many film festivals in Poland.

Time Machine

Jan Bujnowski
Poland / 2018 / 26 min
In Polish and English with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
A street performer makes a living on the streets of London with his array of strange devices. When his parents decide to pay him a visit, he realizes he needs to reexamine his relationship with his father.

Director's Profile
Jan Bujnowski is now in his fourth year at the Łódź Film School. His works include Time Machine and Crossword.

52 Percent

Rafal Skalski
Poland / 2007 / 20 min
In Russian with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
A young girl dreams of training at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, but her leg to height ratio falls short of the perfect 52%. It seems that her time has yet to come.

Director's Profile
Rafal Skalski was graduated from the Łódź Film School in 2009, majoring in Film and Television Directing. And now, he is a screenwriter and film director. His work 52 Percent was awarded in many film festivals; including Best Documentary at Polish Independent Cinema Awards.

Sisters

Michał Hytroś
Poland / 2017 / 20 min
In Polish with Chi & Eng Sub

Synopsis
Inside Poland’s oldest convent, three nuns, all over seventy, live by the ancient code of “pray and work”. This film is a record of their unique wisdom and way of living.

Director's Profile
Michał Hytroś studied at the Łódź Film School, then graduated from Theater Academy in Warsaw in 2018, majoring in Acting. His work Sisters was awarded Best Documentary in many Polish film festivals.