Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski is undoubtedly one of the most influential modernist filmmakers of all time. His prolific career, which spanned barely 20 years, produced some of the most lush, moving, and important films of his era — especially in Poland. After continuously battling with Polish authorities over the content of his documentaries and feature films, Kieslowski exploded into the international spotlight with “The Double Life Of Veronique,” only to follow that film up with his magnum opus, ‘The Three Colors’ trilogy.
Two years after Kieslowski’s self-imposed retirement, following the biggest film of his career, “Three Colors: White,” the revolutionary auteur sadly passed away. At the time of his death, and despite his retirement, Kieslowski was chugging away on the script for another trilogy with his longtime writing partner Krzysztof Piesiewicz, which only hammers home the talent that we lost far too soon, and begs the question of what more he might have done.
To celebrate the life and work of the legendary director, the folks over at Bandb have put together a tribute documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. The 77-minute doc, titled “Memoirs Of An Angel,” uses footage from Kieslowski’s feature films and documentaries, as well as interviews with the director (many from the film “Krzysztof Kieslowski: I’m So-So”) to create a vivid portrait of a truly compelling artist and human being.
Be sure to check out “Memoirs Of An Angel” below, and if you haven’t sat down with something of Kieslowski of late, there’s no time like the present. And don’t forget to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.