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The Krzysztof Kieślowski Archives

11 December 2017

The Krzysztof Kieślowski Archives is a project of the In Situ Contemporary Art Foundation, which aims to acquire, digitalise, protect and secure archive resources connected to the body of creative work of one of Europe’s most outstanding directors. This Archive would not have been possible without the practical support and trust placed in the Foundation by Mrs Maria Kieślowska, who provided donated materials from the family archive. They were the basis upon which the living archive of the memory and legacy of the director was built and developed in Sokołowsko, the seat of the Foundation. It is a laboratory of encounters with cinema and the creative basis of the author of the “Three Colours” trilogy.

The intention of the Foundation is to create the only place in the real and on-line world which comprehensively collects, stores, researches and distributes archive materials related to Krzysztof Kieślowski. It will be a venue for workshops, residencies and conferences offering a profound and deepened insight into the meaning and influences of Kieślowski’s voice, which still resonates in European cinema.

One of the Archive’s main goals is to restore and digitise archive material, and to archive and secure the source materials. A further aim of the Archive consists in launching research and art projects in collaboration with the archive and using its resources as well as exhibitions and publications.

There are plans to develop the archive in the direction of cooperation with culture and art institutions, museums, libraries, universities, research centres, film units and film schools in Poland and abroad.

The archive is not only about a unique collection, but also the people behind it. The archive was the brainchild of Stanisław Zawiśliński. It is developed by outstanding experts on Kieślowski’s output and his friends.

To date, we have made a section of the family archive available on the website: kieslowskiarchives.org. Ultimately our aim is to share screenplays, posters, correspondence, souvenirs, sketches, reviews and more.

The Krzysztof Kieślowski Archives are located in Sokołowsko, where he lived with his parents and sister between 1951-1957. There was already a cinema in Sokołowsko then, which exerted an influence on the future director. The village has a long tradition as a spa treating lung conditions, and Roman Kieślowski, the director’s father, was treated for tuberculosis there. Kieślowski returned to those memories in the documentary “X-Ray”.

Throughout the whole year, “Zdrowie” Cinema run by the In Situ Contemporary Art Foundation shows Polish and international arthouse cinema productions. However, it is the Sokołowsko Film Festival “Hommage à Kieślowski” that remains the Archive’s flagship project drawingcinema lovers, exceptional guests and a loyal audience.

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