Written by Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, the film is
about a young post office worker deeply in love with a promiscuous older woman
who lives in an adjacent apartment building. After spying on her through a
telescope, he meets and declares his love for this jaded woman who long ago
gave up on believing in love. She responds to his innocence by initiating him
on the basic fact of life—that there is no love, only sex. A Short Film
About Love is an expanded film version Part 6 of Kieślowski's 1988 Polish
language ten-part television series, Dekalog. The film is set in Warsaw.
The film was selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at
the 61st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941 – 1996) was an influential Polish
art-house film director and screenwriter known internationally for Dekalog
(1989), The Double Life of Veronique (1991) and the Three ColorsTrilogy
(1993–1994). He received numerous awards during his career, including the
Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize (1988), FIPRESCI Prize (1988, 1991) and Prize
of the Ecumenical Jury (1991); the Venice Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize (1989),
Golden Lion (1993) and OCIC Award (1993); and the Berlin International Film
Festival Silver Bear (1994). In 1995 he received Academy Award nominations for
Best Director and Best Writing. In 2002 Kieślowski was listed at number two on
the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound Top Ten Directors list of modern
Kieślowski was born in Warsaw. He grew up in several small
towns, moving wherever his engineer father, a tuberculosis patient, could find
treatment. He was raised Roman Catholic and retained what he called a
"personal and private" relationship with God. At sixteen, he attended
a firefighters' training school, but dropped out after three months. Without
any career goals, he then entered the College for Theatre Technicians in Warsaw
in 1957 because it was run by a relative. He wanted to become a theatre
director, but lacked the required bachelor's degree for the theatre department,
so he chose to study film as an intermediate step.
Leaving college and working as a theatrical tailor,
Kieślowski applied to the Łódź Film School, the famed Polish film school which
also has Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda among its alumni. He was rejected
twice. To avoid compulsory military service during this time, he briefly became
an art student and also went on a drastic diet in an attempt to make himself
medically unfit for service. After several months of successfully avoiding the
draft, he was accepted to the Łódź Film School on his third attempt.
He attended from 1964 to 1968, during a period in which the
government allowed a relatively high degree of artistic freedom at the school.
Kieślowski quickly lost his interest in theatre and decided to make documentary
films. Kieślowski also married his lifelong love, Maria (Marysia) Cautillo,
during his final year in school (m. 21 January 1967 to his death) and they had
a daughter, Marta (b. 8 January 1972).
Kieślowski retired from film-making with a public
announcement after the premiere of his last film Red at the 1994 Cannes Film