This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieslowski is one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Originally made for Polish television, Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. Its ten hour-long films, drawing from the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration and an overarching structure, grapple deftly with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth, and the passage of time. Shot by nine different cinematographers, with stirring music by Zbigniew Preisner and compelling performances from established and unknown actors alike, Dekalog arrestingly explores the unknowable forces that shape our lives.
All screenings take place at Texas Theatre at 4 pm unless otherwise noted. Full schedule:
January 21, Episodes 1 and 2
January 22, Episodes 3 and 4
January 25, Episodes 5 and 6 (7 pm)
January 28, Episodes 7 and 8 (6 pm)
January 29, Episodes 9 and 10 and Discussion with Chris
Vognar, Culture Critic for The
Dallas Morning News and Bart Weiss, founder of the Dallas
VideoFest. Presented in partnership with the Dallas Institute.