Personnel / Personel
1975, released Jan. 13, 1976, Poland, TV film
16 mm, color, 70 min
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Screenplay: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Cinematography: Witold Stok
Music: „Aida”, Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Orchestra of the Grand Theatre and Opera in Warsaw
Art Director: Tadeusz Kosarewicz
Music arranged by: Michal Zarnecki
Production Company: Tor Film Studio, Warsaw, Poland
Cast: Juliusz Machulski (future film director, as Romek), Irena Lorentowicz, Wlodzimierz Borunski, Michal Tarkowski (Sowa), Andrzej Siedlecki (Andrzej), Tomasz Lengren, Tomasz Zygadlo, Janusz Skalski, and others.
Kieslowski’s first feature-length film is ostensibly about the theater’s anonymous backstage workers: the tailors, painters, modelers. They are creative individuals devoted to their work and vital to a theater’s success. But given the traditional cult of the actor, these craftsmen are underestimated by actors and audience alike. The film’s protagonist, Romek, is a student at a theater technical college. A sensitive young man fascinated by the magic of theatrical art, he finds his first job in the tailoring workshop of the opera. Quickly confronted with the reality behind the scenes - the bickering, petty jealousies, vindictiveness and corruption - his illusions are shattered. His elder colleague, the tailor Sowa, finds himself targeted by an hysterical actor, and socio-political organizations in the theater want to use Romek against Sowa. Kieslowski’s made-for-television microcosm of the society at large, and an early exploration of moral choice in the workplace.
1975 Mannheim (International Film Week) – Grand Prix
1975 Mannheim (International Film Week) – International Catholic Film Award
1975 Andrzej Munk Award (of the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz)
1976 Gdansk (in Gdynia since 1986) (Polish Feature Films Festival) – Best TV Film
1976 Gdansk (in Gdynia since 1986) (Polish Feature Films Festival) – Journalists Award for Best TV film
1976 „Golden Camera” (from "Film" magazine) - Best Feature Director’s debut of 1975
1976 Koszalin (Koszalin Film Meetings "The Young & Film") - Grand Prix "Great Jantar"
1979 Lagow (LLF) – Grand Prix „ Golden Grape Cluster”