In a sanatorium in the Lower Silesian village of Sokołowsk, where Kieślowski’s father was treated and he himself received preventative care between 1951 and 1956, tuberculosis patients talk about their well-being, their fears and their longing to return to normal life. The film is an endeavour to penetrate the experiences of people affected by lung disease.
Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Producer: Jerzy Tomaszewicz
Cinematographer: Jacek Petrycki
Editor: Lidia Zonn
Sound: Michał Żarnecki
Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych w Warszawie
Krzysztof Kieślowski, born in 1941 in Warsaw, was a leading Polish director of feature films, documentaries and television films in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s that explore the social and moral themes of our times. Kieślowski studied theatre technology in Warsaw, and in 1968 he graduated from the State Theatrical and Film College in Łódź, Poland. Before his untimely death in 1996 at the age of fifty-four, the Polish master traveled an idiosyncratic path from the politically engaged documentaries and social realist dramas of his early career to the ambitious metaphysical explorations of Dekalog and the Three Colours trilogy, which made him one of the most internationally renowned European filmmakers of his generation.
The Photograph (1968); The Bricklayer (1973); Hospital (1976); From a Night Porter’s Point of View (1979); The Scar (1976); Camera Buff (1979); Blind Chance (1987); No End (1985); Decalogue (1988–89); A Short Film About Killing (1988); A Short Film About Love (1988); The Double Life of Veronique (1991);Blue (1993); White (1994); Red (1994)