While Kieslowski was not a politically committed film-maker, his life was intimately connected with the history of Poland, as is made clear in the Timeline of his life that I have prepared. What fascinates me is the way events in Poland and his own personal experiences making films under the particular conditions in the country at that time caused him to develop his ‘metaphysical’ (as it is popularly called) view of the world, as it were a drifting away from the ups and downs of Poland since the War, the good moments, the bad times, the grounds for hope and the reasons for despair, in order to find his own territory.

The Timeline is a pdf which can be uploaded here:       8 – Timeline.


  • ‘Kieslowski on Kieslowski’ ed. Danusia Stok (London: Faber & Faber 1993)
  • ‘Poland: a history’ by Adam Zamoyski (London: Harper Collins 2009)
  • entries on Wikipedia