Blind Chance (1981) dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski

Przypadek: Witek’s life is at a crossroads after his father passes away. Three variations for his future follow, depending on whether or not he is able to catch a train that he is running after. The film consists of vignettes that introduce the lead character’s life, and then presents the viewer with three separate scenarios on how his life could play out.
A profound, philosophical and thought-provoking film about life, love and chance, with definite political undertones. Poses questions of what shapes our lives – is it Fate and Circumstance? Luck? Coincidence? Faith? Our own decisions or a little of everything? Invites a discussion of the turbulent political climate in 1980’s communist Poland. Though filmed in 1981, the film’s release was delayed until 1987 due to censorship by the socialist dictatorship in the country.
Highly influential, both due to it’s originality in structure and it’s themes and direction. Similarly-structured films include Tom Tykwer‘s Run Lola Run (1998), as well as Peter Howitt’s Sliding Doors (1998).
Kieslowski would later revisit similar dramatic themes in his remarkable ten-episode drama series, The Decalogue (Dekalog) (1989).
Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. It is among the 21 digitally restored classic Polish films chosen for Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.

Blind Chance Cast: Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz,  Marzena Trybala, Zygmunt Hübner


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