Director of documents and feature films, screenwriter. Born in 1941 in Warsaw, died in 1996 in Warsaw.
In 1962 graduated from Liceum Technik Teatralnych (High School of Theatrical Techniques). In the Warsaw Teatr Współczesny (Contemporary Theater) he was a dresser to such celebrities of Polish stage as Tadeusz Lomnicki, Aleksander Bardini, or Zbigniew Zapasiewicz.
He graduated from Lodzka Szkola Filmowa (Lodz Film School) in 1968, and received his diploma in 1970.
He studied under the guidance of Kazimierz Karabasz and Jerzy Bossak. His first documentary exercises (Urząd [The Office], Z miasta Łodzi [From the City of Lodz]) were created under their care, and the feature exercise (Tramwaj [The Streetcar]) under the care of Wanda Jakubowska. He debuted in television with a documentary titled “Zdjęcie” (Photography). After graduating, up until 1983, he was affiliated with Warsaw Documentary and Feature Film Studios, where he produced most of his documentaries. Nevertheless, he was gradually walking away from the document in favor of feature works. In 1973 he produces his first television feature film “Przejście podziemne” (Underpass). From 1974 he was a member of Zespol TOR (TOR Team), managed by Stanislaw Rozewicz, and later by Krzysztof Zanussi.
In 1985 he entered into a script related collaboration with a known Warsaw lawyer Krzysztof Piesiewicz. They produced together the movie “Bez końca” (Endless), and then also all the consecutive works. International recognition came to Kieslowski with “Krótki film o zabijaniu” (A Short Film About Killing) and “Krótki film o miłości” (A Short Film About Love) (1988), which are both parts of the “Dekalog” (Decalogue) series. From 1991 (“Podwójne życie Weroniki” [The Double Life of Veronica]) Kieslowski produced his works in Polish-French coproduction; from 1993 with a recognized French film producer Marin Karmitz. After finishing his series “Trzy kolory” (Three Colours) (1993-94) he announced that he retires from producing movies. In his last months of life he prepared with Piesiewicz scripts to a movie triptych: “Raj” (Paradise), “Czyściec” (Purgatory), “Piekło” (Hell).
Between 1978 and 1981 Krzysztof Kieslowski was a vice-president of Polish Filmmakers Association. He also did educational work, among others at higher educational institutions in West Berlin, Helsinki, Lodz, Katowice, and in Switzerland.