About the festival

The Hommage a Kieslowski festival was initiated by the Contemporary Art Foundation IN SITU and the director’s friends and family. Today it’s renowned across Poland and Europe.

From the outset, the intention of the organizers, Friends the Programme Council (consisting of Ajka Tarasow and Stanisław Zawiśliński, joined in October 2015 by Dorota Paciarelli) was to create a festival, where film lovers from the Lower Silesia region (and other parts of Poland) can come and enjoy not just Krzysztof Kieślowski’s films, but also to quote Stanisław Zawiśliński “Cinema after Kieślowski” – including a modern generation of film makers both from Poland and Europe. The festival is also a great learning experience for film school students, who get to experience a wide variety of films created by young directors who have something relevant to pass on.

Krzysztof Kieślowski in an interview published in the book „Bez fikcji – z notatek filmowego dokumenatlisty” (No Fiction – notes from a documentary filmmaker) (WAF 1985) by Kazimierz Karabasz, said: “There is no place in Poland where we can meet. And we create so as to be able to meet. Communication of information, ideas, thoughts, moods – requires a projection room… Therefore, if I think about anyone during filming, it’s about myself. Then it somewhat expands. Of course, I think about a couple of colleagues, friends, a few people from the industry. Then in expands further, because there is a DKF somewhere that wants to see something all of the sudden. There are a couple of people from some institute. Someone from Sociology, and a few from Philosophy. And all of the sudden Mathematical Machinery… Thus it expands.”

In our opinion not much has changed. Young Polish filmmakers might today, have even fewer such places available, cinemas and projection rooms for themselves. There are fewer and fewer places where creators can meet with the so-called “normal audience”, especially in the province. Culture is an important part of creating a regional identity, especially on the outskirts. Culture builds bonds and establishes opportunities to create interpersonal relationships, and it can start with a simple chat about films. Thus, we put an emphasis on CREATING SPACE. Sokołowsko is located away from the noise and bustle of big cities, but at the same time close enough to the cultural center that is Wrocław, and the equally culturally appealing Wałbrzych and Świdnica. This makes it a perfect destination for a short, three day holiday. After a walk in the Sowie Mountains, in the ZDROWIE Cinema you can meet and chat with well known actors, writers, and up and coming talents from all across Europe. Filmmakers and film-goers form an extremely interesting community, and we hope you will become part of it here, in Sokołowsko.

Another important concept that the Hommage a Kieślowski Festival has been realising very successfully since 2005, is HERITAGE – cultivation, preservation, information and education on the artistic legacy of Krzysztof Kieślowski. Thanks to the support of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, The National Audiovisual Institute, personal friends of the director, and the tireless commitment of Mrs Maria Kieślowska – the IN SITU foundation has access to a unique collection of documents, photographs and manuscripts from the family archive of Maria Kieślowska and close friends of the late director. Just like in the previous years, festival goers in 2016 will have the opportunity to view part of Archive and a multimedia exhibition.

DIALOGUE WITH EUROPEAN CINEMA was of paramount importance for the team preparing this year’s edition. In the spirit of respect for cultural diversity and European ideals – in particular freedom, brotherhood and equality – and their propagation by ways of film in the context of ethical and moral challenges facing humanity in the XXI century.

This year’s program is divided into 3 sections: “No fiction!” – documentary films; “Re: Interpretations” – feature films from Poland and Europe reminiscent in their narrative and aesthetic themes to the cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski, or remaining part of a social or cultural discourse; “Hommage a Kieslowski” – screening of 3-4 Krzysztof Kieslowski’smovies in the context of the period in which they where filmed. Accompanied by panel discussions with filmmakers, philosophers and film-goers in search for previously unnoticed meanings.

Discussions, introductions to the films in the spirit of DKF and promoting cinema as a place expand horizons and calling into question our own, often unfair and outdated opinions.

This year’s edition will follow the warm and wise advice given by Krzysztof Kieślowski to his students in Poland and abroad: Look carefully.

Dorota Paciarelli

The first artistic director of the Hommage a Kieslowski Festival