Krzysztof Kieślowski

Blind Chance

Blind Chance

Before he stunned the cinematic world with the epic series The Decalogue and the Three Colors trilogy, the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski made his first work of metaphysical genius, Blind Chance, a compelling drama about the difficulty of reconciling political ideals with personal happiness. This unforgettable film follows Witek (the magnetic Bogusław Linda), a medical student with an uncertain future in Communist Poland; Kieślowski dramatizes Witek’s journey as a series of different possibilities, suggesting that chance rules our lives as much as choice does. First suppressed and then censored by the Polish government, Blind Chance is here presented in its complete original form.

Film Info

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer of the original uncensored film, approved by cinematographer Krzysztof Pakulski, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Polish film critic Tadeusz Sobolewski
  • Interview with filmmaker Agnieszka Holland from 2003
  • Nine sections from the film originally censored in Poland
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Dennis Lim and a 1993 interview about the film with director Krzysztof Kieślowski

New cover by Gérard Dubois

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Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer of the original uncensored film, approved by cinematographer Krzysztof Pakulski, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Polish film critic Tadeusz Sobolewski
  • Interview with filmmaker Agnieszka Holland from 2003
  • Nine sections from the film originally censored in Poland
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Dennis Lim and a 1993 interview about the film with director Krzysztof Kieślowski

New cover by Gérard Dubois

Blind Chance
Cast
Bogusław Linda
Witek
Tadeusz Łomnicki
Werner
Bogusława Pawelec
Czuszka
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
Adam
Jerzy Stuhr
Party organizer
Jacek Borkowski
Marek
Adam Ferency
Stefan
Jacek Sas-Uhrynowski
Daniel
Marzena Trybała
Werka
Jacek Kaczmarski
Singer
Irena Byrska
Witek’s aunt
Monika Gozdzik
Olga
Zygmunt Hübner
The dean
Credits
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Producer
Jacek Szeligowski
Screenplay
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Cinematography
Krzysztof Pakulski
Editing
Elzbieta Kurkowska
Sound
Michał Zarnecki
Production design
Andrzej Rafał Waltenberger
Set decoration
Borzysława Chmielewska
Music
Wojciech Kilar
Costume design
Agnieszka Domaniecka
Makeup
Teodor Grymaszewski

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Blind Chance by Gérard DuBois
Blind Chance by Gérard DuBois

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