film screening and discussion

Blind Chance

Odjazd Film Club meeting


  • Blind Chance
    • [Przypadek], directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Poland 1987, 114'
  • Are we really that powerless against chance?
    • Witek Długosz (Bogusław Linda), medicine student in Łódź, decides to travel to his hometown Warsaw. He arrives at the station just as the train is about to leave. From this moment on, the story takes three different paths. Will Witek make it in time for the train? And how will this affect his life?
  • Blind Chance is one of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s most important and most controversial films. A poignant yet contentious history lesson set in Poland between 1970s and 1980s, it is also a universal philosophical story about what determines our fate. With an intricate plot structure, Kieślowski asks questions about the reasons behind life choices, the search for values and the meaning of our existence. 
    • Does Kieślowski think that humans are puppets controlled by chance?
  • Why did the protagonist’s life take such different paths?
    • In Blind Chance, does Kieślowski deny the moral rigidity of his other films?
  • We will try to answer these and many other questions together with our club’s expert, film critic and historian Michał Oleszczyk. We invite you to the screening and discussion, during which you will be able to ask questions and share your ideas on how to interpret the film. What do you think Blind Chance is about? We want to hear your opinion!
  • Michał Oleszczyk
    • Script consultant, lecturer at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw. In 2014-16, artistic director of the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. Author of the SpoilerMaster podcast. As a literary director he has worked, among others, with Canal+ (Pisarze. Serial na krótko [Writers. Series for a short time], The Office PL, Planeta singli. Osiem historii [Singles’ planet. Eight stories], Minuta ciszy [Minute of Silence]). Co-writer of the film All Our Fears [Wszystkie nasze strachy] directed by Łukasz Ronduda and Łukasz Gutt; consultant of such projects as Operation Hyacinth [Operacja Hiacynt], Too Old for Fairy Tales [Za duży na bajki]. Regular contributor to RogerEbert.com; winner of the Krzysztof Mętrak Award (2005) and the Polish Film Institute Award (2012), nominated for the Polish Film Award in the Best Screenplay category (for All Our Fears).
  • Language
    • Film in Polish
    • Lecture and debate in Polish
  • Screening as part of Film Club {ODJAZD}.
  • Tickets 5 zł – sold out.
Blind Chance