Introduction from Annette Insdorf on Oct. 26 at 5:00pm
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s follow-up to his immense Dekalog finds the filmmaker in a dreamlike, contemplative mode, working for the first time outside his native Poland. At once enigmatic and psychologically acute, his ravishing fable stars Irène Jacob, winner of the Best Actress prize in Cannes for her portrait of two women—one Polish, one Parisian—who lead very different lives but are otherwise identical: sharing a sublime gift for singing, a cardiac disorder, and a mystical awareness of each other’s existence. Shot in a palette of spellbinding golden-green hues by Kieślowski’s longtime cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, accompanied by Zbignew Preisner’s haunting score, The Double Life of Véronique—among Kieślowski’s crowning achievements—is as much a bifurcated rumination on identity as it is a story about the inconceivable realms of superstition and human intuition. Opening Night of the 29th New York Film Festival. A Janus Films release. New 4K restoration under the supervision of director of photography Sławomir Idziak.
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