A Short Film About Killing

A Short Film About Killing

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A Short Film About Killing () is a 1988 film directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski expanded from the fifth episode in the Polish television series Dekalog. Set in Warsaw, Poland, it compares capital punishment with murders committed by individuals.

It won the Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the prize for Best Film at the European Film Awards.


  • Mirosław Baka - Jacek Lazar
  • Krzysztof Globisz - Piotr Balicki (Advocate)
  • Jan Tesarz - Waldemar Rekowski (Taxi driver)
  • Zbigniew Zapasiewicz - Chairman of the committee
  • Barbara Dziekan - Cashier
  • Aleksander Bednarz - The executioner
  • Jerzy Zass - Police commander
  • Zdzisław Tobiasz - Judge
  • Artur Barciś - Young Man
  • Krystyna Janda - Dorota
  • Olgierd Łukaszewicz - Andrzej
  • Peter Falchi - British motorist


The film focuses on three main characters: The first is Waldemar Rekowski, a middle-aged taxicab driver (Jan Tesarz), overweight and cruel-looking, he lives in the same apartment building as many of the other characters in the series. He enjoys the freedom of his profession, a living wage, the power to ignore people whom he does not want to take into his taxi, and leering at young women.

Jacek Łazar (Mirosław Baka) is a 21...
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