Dekalog

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This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieślowski 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Originally made for Polish television, DEKALOG focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face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.

The series’ 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.

Dekalog 1 & 2

Sun Mar 19 @ 2pm
Wed Mar 22 @ 7pm

In part 1, a father and his young son experience the marvel of the personal computer with devastating results. In part 2, a doctor’s choice affects the life or death of an unborn child.
 

Dekalog 3 & 4

Sun Mar 26 @ 2pm
Wed Mar 29 @ 7pm

In part 3, a woman tricks her ex into staying away from his family on Christmas Eve. In part 4, a father leaves his grown daughter alone in the house, and she makes a surprising discovery.
 

Dekalog 5 & 6

Sun Apr 2 @ 2pm
Wed Apr 5 @ 7pm

In part 5, an unrepentant murderer faces capital punishment, and his young lawyer, just out of school, realizes that he’s part of a system that exercises the right to kill. Part 6 features an unrequited love story with an unusual twist.

Dekalog 7 & 8

Sun Apr 23 @ 2pm
Wed Apr 26 @ 7pm

In part 7, a too young mother kidnaps her young daughter from her own mother in “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” In part 8, a Jewish woman seeks the truth about the neighbor who betrayed her during the Holocaust.
 

Dekalog 9 & 10

Sun Apr 30 @ 2pm
Wed May 3 @ 7pm

In part 9, a man encourages his wife to have an affair upon learning of his own impotence. In part 10, two brothers must determine how to deal with their shared inheritance of their father’s valuable stamp collection.