A Short Film about Killing

Krótki film o zabijaniu, 1988, 84 min.

A Short Film about Killing (1988)


Director Krzysztof Kieslowski
Screenplay Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Cinematography Slawomir Idziak
Music Zbigniew Preisner
Art Direction Halina Dobrowolska
Producer(s) Ryszard Chutkowski
Jacek Miroslaw Baka
Piotr Krzysztof Globisz
Taxi driver Jan Tesarz
Committee chairman Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
Librarian Barbara Dziekan
Dorota Krystyna Janda
Andrzej Olgierd Lukaszewicz

Expanded to feature length from Decalogue #5 “Thou Shalt Not Kill”, A Short Film About Killing presents its case with a cold logic and a grim symmetry that only deepens the human tragedy at its core. In the first half, an aimless youth, seeking cash, stalks a series of taxi drivers before fate delivers a victim whose murder is as senseless as it is grisly; in the second half, the killer is caught, tried, convicted, and hung. Not only a powerful statement against capital punishment, Kieslowski’s film is a harrowing look at “that which exists behind the scenes of a human being’s soul, behind the scenes of a murder.