Tuesday, 22 October
Three Colours: White
THREE COLOURS WHITE 1994
(Trois couleurs : Blanc)
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
In Polish French Russian English, with English subtitles
This is the second part of Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski's legendary 'Three Colors' trilogy, based on the three colors of the French flag and French revolution - Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. The color white represents the principle of equality.
Of the entire trilogy, this is the only one with a whiff of absurdist jet-black humor.. It's about a Polish guy who marries his beautiful French girlfriend Dominique (Julie Delpy) and moves to Paris. When the marriage smashes, his wife files for divorce, and he is thrown into abject poverty, becoming a pathetic beggar in the metro. Eventually he is able to have himself smuggled back to his home in Poland, where he begins to plan his revenge. That is the premise of the movie, and as you can see even the theme of 'equality' is being used here with a twist of black humor - as an act of revenge. But then again, the theme can just as easily be understood as being about inequality... since our main character discovers first-hand that in a free and equal democracy like France, there are actually tragic amounts of inequality, homelessness and poverty. And once again, the film can also be seen as a comment about the European Union and the free migration of former East Bloc citizens who are not treated equal. And that is one of the wonderful things about these thematic films of Kieślowski - you can twist and turn them, find different entrances into them, and explore the many ways the theme can be interpreted.
Like I say, this one is a dark comedy about one's fate, and how it can suddenly change... and it's all set to a riveting score by the director's regular composer Zbigniew Preisner.
This will be a high-definition screening.
Date & Time:
- 3-5 €