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 Originally made for Polish television, Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face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

Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski

Screenplay: Krzysztof Piesiewicz, Krzysztof Kieślowski

Cinematography: Wiesław Zdort

Music: Zbigniew Preisner

Film Editor: Ewa Smal

Principal Cast: Krzysztof: Henryk Baranowski Irena: Maja Komorowska Paweł: Wojciech Klata Man by the pond: Artur Barciś

Runtime: 56 minutes

Release Year: 1988

Genre: Action