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Three Colours Blue

Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993, France/Poland/Switzerland, French, Romanian, and Polish with English subtitles, 98 minutes, Cert 15

Tue 11 April // 20:00

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‘Three Colours Blue’ is the first part of Kieslowski’s trilogy on France’s national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. It was an immediate success, winning the top prizes at the 1993 Venice Film Festival and unanimous praise from critics and audiences the world over.

When a young woman (Juliette Binoche) loses her famous composer husband and daughter in a car accident, she subsequently enters a strange, rarefied zone of loss and liberty where she reexamines every aspect of their lives together. In this devastating film Kieślowski compared himself to a physicist looking at the microscopic elements of life, and in this haunting, melancholy work, he seems to examine nothing less than the anatomy of a damaged soul. Shot in sapphire tones by longtime collaborator Sławomir Idziak, and set to an operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner, Blue is one of the director’s most visually elegant, intensely moving works. 

Krzysztof Kieślowski's award-winning trilogy explores the French Revolutionary ideals of freedom, equality and brotherhood, and their relevance to the contemporary world. It is a snapshot of European life at a time of reconstruction after the Cold War, reflected through the filmmaker's moralist view of human nature and illuminated by each title's palette colour.