"Someone should make a film about the 10 commandments...."
Based on this simple concept, and decades before a wave of TV boxsets forced critics to ask if long form television really was the superior narrative form, Krzysztof Kieślowski's Decalogue proved that television had the scope to tell powerful, impactful stories. This is an extremely rare chance to see his small screen classic - one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling - on the big screen, over ten superb hours.
Using the 10 Commandments for thematic inspiration, the ten hour-long films focus on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives all become subtly intertwined as they face their respective dilemmas.
After its original broadcast the series slowly built a growing reputation on video with film fans who came back to Kieślowski after the success of his Three Colours Trilogy. Now, almost thirty years after it first aired, the series has been restored and scanned at 4K, and the visuals shine in a way they never did on TV. In a special one-off for Cinema Rediscovered, the whole of Decalogue is being screened over the course of one day. A great opportunity to boxset binge on a true classic.