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28. 06. 2016.

On Krzysztof Kieślowski’s birthday his actress Irene Jacob visits his school in Lodz. From Veronique to Valentine.

The actress was greeted by the Rector Prof. Mariusz Grzegorzek. During her visit at the school the actress was accompanied by a film music composer, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, the founder of the Transatlantic Festival.

- I saw "The Short Film about Love”, but I’d never dreamt I would ever meet the Polish director! - said Irene Jacob during the meeting at the school. She met Krzysztof Kieślowskiego in 1991 and played the leading role in the film "La double vie de Veronique" for which she was awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. From that moment her career shot up at an international scale. The next film they made together was "Three Colours. Red". For the role of Valentine Jacob got a Cesar and BAFTA nominations

During the visit at the Film School Irene Jacob talked about her work with Kieślowski.
– Work on the set was a torture for him. He wouldn't shoot the same scene for too many times. If he got rushes which constituted at least 30% of the planned amount he was quite pleased with it. For him the film was born in the editing room. There was a dozen versions of "La double vie de Veronique". Kieslowski was a workaholic when it came to editing. He could passionately work for hours on end. - said Irene Jacob about the school’s graduate.

She spoke in detail about Kieslowki’s work with the actor, his film editing method, and care with which he treated the cinematographer’s work and how much he appreciated it. Irene Jacob also tried to recall what Kieślowski considered crucial during the shoot.
- Ask yourself simple questions. What’s important to you? Why are you doing it? What do you need? There’s something else besides coca-cola and a new car. What is it? I don’t know what it is but we have to find it and grasp the invisible – the actress recalled the words of the director.
- In "La Double Vie de Veronique" Kieślowski set himself an unusual task to film things which cannot be seen - an impression, an apprehension that we are not alone in the world.

Irene Jacob’s successful work with Krzysztof Kieślowski speeded up her artistic career. She acted in French as well as American films. She met Wim Wenders, Antonioni and acted with Kenneth Branagh, Colin Firth, Gerard Depardieu.
In what way was the work with the Polish director profitable to her?
- You have to pay attention to details, gestures, the way you move and hold your head, which way you look. That’s what stayed with me having worked with Kieślowski who was extremely sensitive to this kind of subtleties and had an approach of a documentary film-maker. He was a very good observer of the world, his eyes were like a microscope – said the actress.

The meeting with Irene Jacob at the Film School was run by a film director Marcin Latałło, who used to work with Krzysztof Kieślowski as the assistant director. Irene Jacob was invited to Lodz by the PGNiG Transatlantic Festival.

photos: Adrian Jaszczak