Born June 27, 1941, in Warsaw, Poland; died following a heart attack, March 13, 1996, in Warsaw, Poland. Director and screenwriter. Krzysztof Kieslowski was a widely acclaimed and respected filmmaker, in part because of his critically acclaimed trilogy of movies "Three Colors": Blue (1993), White (1994), and Red (1994). Kieslowski originally studied to become a stage director, and only entered the Lodz Film School in 1964. He worked mostly on short labor andindustrial films during the 1970s. In 1979 he produced the comedy Amator (released in the U.S. as Camera Buff, 1986), which won first prize at the MoscowFilm Festival without the judges realizing that it was an indictment of Socialist governments. In 1984, Kieslowski teamed with screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz for some of his most celebrated work, a series of ten short films made for Polish television called Dekalog. Piesiewicz also worked with Kieslowski on the "Three Colors" trilogy. The final installment in the series, Red, was favored to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival, but lost to Pulp Fiction. It was also nominated for a best director Academy Award in 1995. Kieslowski's work also includes Blind Chance (1982), City Life (1990), and The DoubleLife of Veronique (1991).
February 20, 2004: Kieslowski wrote the screenplay for the film TheBig Animal, based on a novel by Kazimierz Orlos and directed by Jerzy Stuhr. The film was released by Milestone Films. Source: New York Times, www.nytimes.com, February 20, 2004.