Talking Heads

Poland | 1980 | documentary | 16 min. Special screeninig

A documentary-cum-survey made in 1979. Forty-four selected Poles, representing various professions and ranging in age from seven to a hundred years old, answer three questions… When were you born? Who are you? What do you want (in life)? The result of the survey was a synthesised, though not necessarily representative, picture of the state of consciousness in Polish society less than two years before the events of August 1980 and the birth of the Solidarity trade union. In expressing their thoughts, the people are connected, for instance, by a longing for social change leading to greater justice, freedom, democracy and tolerance, as well as by a moral opposition to the institutions of ‘backscratching’ and ‘friends in high places’. Kieslowski provides material for reflection on what worries and vexes people in the reality around them and on how human desires change with age and life experience. In 2004, Krzysztof Wierzbicki asked the same three questions in ,,Talking Heads 2".

directed by

Krzysztof Kieślowski

cinematography
Jacek Petrycki
script
Krzysztof Kieślowski
sound
Michał Żarnecki
editing
Alina Siemińska
production
(Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych)