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Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors Trilogy

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Krysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy hits The Frida Cinema with new 4K restorations! Representing each color of the French flag, the three films here touch on the French Revolutionary ideals – liberty, equality, and fraternity – that each color stands for. Hailed around the world for their deeply emotional stories and unforgettable performances, Blue, White, and Red can all be seen on the big screen this month!

Three Colors: Blue – Sep 7 & 8
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski | 1993

After renowned French composer Patrice de Courcy and his young daughter are killed in a car accident, Julie (Binoche), his widow, struggles to reckon with the aftermath. Day by day, she experiences severe bouts of disassociation under the weight of carrying her husband’s legacy. That is, until one day, Julie suddenly cuts all ties, selling her home and burning the last of Courcy’s unreleased music, all in a desperate attempt to separate her identity from the grief threatening to pervade at every turn.

Three Colors: White – Sep 13 – 15
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski | 1994

Polish barber Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski) is divorced by his wife, Dominique (Julianne Delpy), who then leaves him in Paris in humiliating circumstances. Without his bank account, passport, and access to the hairdressing salon he and Dominique owned jointly, Karol is forced to become a beggar. Endeavoring to establish a sense of “equality,” Karol seeks revenge for his ex-wife’s cruelty. He returns to his homeland and refashions himself as something of a gangster in post-communist Poland, fueled by his ambition and the festering wound of Dominque’s abandonment.

Three Colors: Red – Sep 20 – 22
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski | 1994

Valentine Dussaut (Irène Jacob) is a fashion model and student in Geneva. When she unexpectedly hits a dog with her car, she tracks down its owner, retired judge Joseph Kern (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and begins to discover some of the secrets he and his neighbors are harboring behind closed doors. Meanwhile, a neighbor whom Valentine has never met seems to be living a parallel life with this new stranger. Will chance encounters keep the three of them isolated from each other or forge new and unlikely friendships?

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