El Gouna Film Festival launches rich exhibition commemorating Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski

Soha Hesham , Saturday 16 Oct 2021

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of Polish film director Krzysztof Kieślowski, the fifth edition of El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) launched on Friday a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the filmmaker.

Krzysztof Kieslowski
Entrance to the exhibition hall presenting life and filmography of Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski. (Photo: Soha Hesham)

The exhibition's opening ceremony was attended by the GFF’s director Intishal Al-Timimi, artistic director Amir Ramses and the festival’s co-founder and COO Bushra Rozza.

Curated by renowned production designer and art director Onsi Abu Seif, the exhibition presents the life and works of the Polish director (1941-1996), bringing us closer to his cinematic lens.

The black walls of the hall housing the exhibition are covered with text about Kieślowski’ life and journey in cinema, which included numerous awards for his iconic films.

The exhibition features 23 framed posters from the Film Museum in Łódź, all inspired by Kieślowski’s films. In addition, the display also includes original material from French Cinémathèque, featuring 50 photos including posters from Kieślowski’s iconic films, showing their filming locations, the filming process and presenting the director himself.

The exhibition is also screening a documentary film about the director titled Krzysztof Kieślowski – I’m So-So. Directed by Krzysztof Wierzbicki, the documentary brings to the limelight the life, thoughts and worries of the late director.

On the wall behind the documentary screening, the exhibition hosts three small video installations for Kieślowski’s well known trilogy: Three Colors: Blue, White and Red.

The celebrated filmmaker and screenwriter, is well known for Dekalog (1989), The Double Life of Veronique (1991) and his famous trilogy Three Colours; Blue, White and Red respectively (1993-1994)

He received a number of awards such as Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize (1988), FIPRESCI Prize (1988, 1991), Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (1991), Venice Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize (1989), Golden Lion (1993), and the Silver Bear of Berlin International Film Festival in 1994.

GFF is dedicating the Special Presentations section this year for Kieślowski as well, screening five of his famous films in addition to the documentary about him directed by Wierzbicki that will be screened in the cinema in addition to its screening at the exhibition hall.

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