#3: 2004

 

   


SLAWOMIR IDZIAK   PSC

 

Born: 25 January 1945, Katowice, Poland, as Slawomir Andrzej Idziak.

Education: PWSFTviT, Lódz, Poland [graduated in 1968].

Career: Started as c.op at Studio Malych Form Filmowych 'Semafor' in Lódz.

Also active as director.

Book: 'Ein Architekt der Sinnlichkeit - Die Farbwelten des Kameramanns Slawomir Idziak' [2007, Schüren Verlag].

Appeared in the doc's 'Das Auge der Erinnerung - Ansichten von Slawomir Idziak' [2000, Hans Steinbichler & Florian Vogel; 25m; prod HFFM] & 'Zawód operator' [2007, Grzegorz Skurski; 30m].

Awards: As doph: Gdansk-Gdynia Polish FF TV Award [1974] for 'Odejscia, powroty' [part 3: 'Tak bardzo zmeczeni']; Gdansk-Gdynia Polish FF [1976] for 'Partita na instrument drewniany'; Venice FF 'Osella d'oro' [1993] & 'César' nom [1994] for 'Trois couleurs: Bleu'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1996] for 'Lilian's Story'; Berlin IFF 'Special Mention' [1998] & Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1998] for 'I Want You'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1999] for 'The Last September'; 'Oscar' AA nom [2002], BAFTA Film Award nom [2002] & AFI [USA] Film Award nom [2002] for 'Black Hawk Down'; Special 'Orzel' Award [2002]; Marburger Kamerapreis [2004]; Camerimage 'Special Award' [2004]; Plus Camerimage 'Lifetime Achievement Award' [2013].

As dir: Awards for 'Nauka latania' [1978 & 1979, Poznan], 'Seans' [1979] & 'Enak' [1992, Gdansk-Gdynia Polish FF].


Slawomir Idziak: 'Our country was for so many years in seclusion, so somehow we had to use a different system... it was first of all grounded in the film schools, in which we had only two departments: the director department and the cinematographer department, so these two people were at the head of the productions. In Poland the cinematographer is number two, and starts work on the project very early. The director is expecting a collaborator in terms of translating the story he has in mind to a kind of visual work. So it was something very unusual when I all of a sudden realized that here in the West it was the director who was telling the cinematographer 'put the camera here'. I mean it's two different professions and I really don't believe, with some exceptions of course as usual, that it's possible to have total control of the actors and the flow of the story and deciding about a single particular take and the lens and the visual part of it. In being a director you shouldn't be too close because very quickly you are losing the sense of the wholeness, the most important element of the profession [and I am someone who has directed as well]. As cinematographer I should be one who observes what happens on the location from the seat of the average spectator. So I really believe in creative group work, and somehow our example in the Polish cinema, where we are really creative partners of the director, is a very good example. It works.'


'Dekalog/Decalogue' [Television, 1987] is a very interesting story because in a way I didn't want to do 'A Short Film About Killing'. Kieslowski approached me and gave me [the choice] of all ten films. The problem was it was planned as a 16mm television series and for a Polish cinematographer doing 16mm is a nightmare because the quality of our laboratories is very low and I decided to do number 9, a very simple story about love and jealousy. Then Kieslowski told me, "I know your trick, the moment I'm ready to do number 9, you'll be abroad and have no time to do it. And now when I'm ready to do 'A Short Film About Killing' [number 5] you won't do it!" I said to Kieslowski, "Listen why do I have to do it; after half an hour one person gets killed, after another half an hour another person gets killed in prison. It's a terrible story! Why do I have to do it?" But he's a very stubborn person and he persuaded me to do it. I told him, "O.K. I will do the film on the condition that I do it green and using all my filters and I have an idea to do it very strong," and Kieslowski was very angry and he says, "I don't want to have it green! I'm doing ten films; I can't have all of a sudden one green!" So I said, "It's up to you. Either I do it green, or I don't do it." The next day he came to me and said, "I'm doing ten films, O.K. If one has to be green, let it be shit green. It's your decision. Do it green." And, you know, it's the first time in my life that it happened: a director telling me, do what you want. [From article by Lindsay Amos in 'Cinema Papers', Australia, August 1995.]


 

 FILMS AT THE PWSFTviT

1965

Pilot Station [Marek Piestrak; doc] c.asst; ph: Andrzej Jaroszewicz

1965

Wyjscie/Sen [Grzegorz Królikiewicz] b&w; short/4m

1966

Dzien zwyciestwa [Marek Piestrak; short] c.asst; ph: Edward Klosinski

1966

Kazdemu to, czego mu wcale nie trzeba/Kapiel [Grzegorz Królikiewicz] b&w; short/12m

1966

Niebo [Juan Manuel Torres; short] c.asst; ph: Edward Klosinski

1966

Wygrana, przegrana/Park [Raszko Uzunow] b&w; short/8m; cph: Edward Klosinski

1967

Wagary [Jacek Butrymowicz] b&w; short/23m

1967

Zawal serca/Heart Attack [Wojciech Wiszniewski] b&w; short/7m

1969

Wino mszalne [Witold Orzechowski] co-scrpl only; ph: Zdzislaw Kaczmarek

 

 FILMS

1968

Wesola Ludwika [Teresa Badzian] c; anim/10m

1970

Franciszek Leczycki [Henryk Rewkiewicz] b&w; doc/398mtr

1970

To trud zrodzil urode [Edmund Z. Szaniawski] c; doc/435mtr

1971

Jeszcze slychac spiew. I rzenie koni... [Mieczyslaw Waskowski] b&w-c

1974

Bilans kwartalny/Quarterly Balance [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

1974

Profile [Krzysztof Rogulski] ?; doc/?m

1975

Partita na instrument drewniany/Partita for a Wooden Instrument [Janusz Zaorski] c

1976

Blizna/The Scar [Krzysztof Kieslowski] c

1976

Klaps/Slate [Krzysztof Kieslowski] c; doc/6m; cph: Stanislaw Igar, Leszek Pieszko, a.o.

1978

Nauka latania/Flying Lessons/Learning to Fly [Slawomir Idziak] c; cph: Andrzej Poplawski & Janusz Zachwajewski; + scrpl

1979

Dyrygent/Orchestra Conductor/The Conductor [Andrzej Wajda] c

1980

Constans/The Constant Factor [Krzysztof Zanussi] c; see 2009

1980

Kontrakt/The Contract [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

1983

Jagger und Spaghetti [Karsten Wichniarz] c

1983

Der Fall Bachmeier - Keine Zeit für Tränen [Hark Bohm] c

1984

Rok spokojnego slonca/The Year of the Quiet Sun/Das Jahr der ruhenden Sonne [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

1985

Wie ein freier Vogel [Hark Bohm] 16mm/c

1985

Harmagedon [Juha Rosma] c

1985

Sarah [Reginald Puhl] c; cph: Klaus Beckhausen, Michael Marszalek & Dragan Rogulj

1986

Erloschene Zeiten/Wygasle czasy [Krzysztof Zanussi] c; dram doc/60m

1986

Gute Nacht [Gerhard Schmidt] c; short/15m

1987

Krótki film o zabijaniu/A Short Film About Killing [Krzysztof Kieslowski] c; expanded (84m) ep #5 of tv-series 'Dekalog/Decalogue'

1987

Yasemin [Hark Bohm] c

1988

Wherever You Are.../Gdzieskolwiek jest, jeslis jest… [Krzysztof Zanussi] c; cph: William Lubtchansky

1989

Stan posiadania/Inventory/Liebesfesseln [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

1990

La double vie de Véronique/Podwójne zycie Weroniki [Krzysztof Kieslowski] c

1992

Trois couleurs: Bleu/Trzy kolory: Niebieski [Krzysztof Kieslowski] c

1994

Traumstreuner [Erwin Michelberger] c; cph: Paul Ellmerer

1994

The Journey of August King [John Duigan] c

1994

Tár úr steini/Tears of Stone [Hilmar Oddsson] c; action ph; ph: Sigurdur Sverrir Pálsson

1995

Lilian's Story [Jerzy Domaradzki] c

1995

Männerpension/Jailbirds [Detlev W. Buck] c; 2uc: Sophie Maintigneux

1995

Commandments [Daniel Taplitz] c

1996

Gattaca [Andrew Niccol] s35/c

1997

Men with Guns/Hombres armados [John Sayles] c

1997

I Want You/Beloved [Michael Winterbottom] p/c; uwph: Mark Silk

1997

Love and Rage [Cathal Black] c

1998

The Last September [Deborah Warner] c

1999

Paranoid [John Duigan] c

1999

LiebesLuder/Bundle of Joy [Detlev W. Buck] c

2000

Proof of Life [Taylor Hackford] s35/c; 2uc: Lukasz Jogalla; aph: John Marzano

2000

Sass [Carlo Rola] announced as doph, but replaced by Martin Langer

2001

Black Hawk Down [Ridley Scott] s35/c; 2uc: Alexander Witt; aph: John Marzano

2003

King Arthur [Antoine Fuqua] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Daniele Massaccesi; aph: John Marzano

2004

Klaps/Clap Project [idea: Krzysztof Kieslowski] exp film (6m) with scenes submitted by several doph & dir; shot, ed & shown during Camerimage FF, 2004

2006

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [David Yates] s35 (+ IMAX-70bu)/c; 2uc: Mike Brewster; aph: Adam Dale; model unit ph: Nigel Stone

2009

Rewizyta/Revisited [Krzysztof Zanussi] c; co-archive ph ('Constans', 1980); ph: Dariusz Kuc

 

With Jerzy Hoffman [left] - "1920 Bitwa Warszawska"

 

2010

1920 Bitwa Warszawska/Battle of Warsaw 1920 [Jerzy Hoffman] HD (Sony HDC-P1)-to-D-Cinema (also 3-D version)/b&w-c; 2uc: Lukasz Kosmicki

2011

Die Vermessung der Welt/Measuring the World [Detlev Buck] HD (ARRI ALEXA + Sony F3)-to-D-Cinema (also 3-D version)/c; 2uc: Jana Marsik; filmed 2011-12

2014

A Tale of Love and Darkness [Natalie Portman] HD (ARRI ALEXA) scope/b&w-c

 

 TELEVISION

1969

Podrózni jak inni [Wojciech Marczewski] tvm/b&w/24m

1970

Cicha noc, swieta noc [Marek Piestrak] tvm/b&w/24m; + co-scrpl

1970

Góry o zmierzchu [Krzysztof Zanussi] tvm/b&w/28m; spec ph: Andrzej Galinski & Jerzy Surdel

1971

Pizama [Antoni Krauze] tvm/b&w/29m

1971

Meta/The Pad [Antoni Krauze] tvm/b&w; cph: Edward Klosinski

1971

Papierowy ptak/Paper Bird [Slawomir Idziak] tvm/50m; + scrpl

1973

Odejscia, powroty [ep #3 'Tak bardzo zmeczeni' dir by Wojciech Marczewski] 3-part series; other ph: Jacek Prosinski

1973

Przejscie podziemne/Pedestrian Subway [Krzysztof Kieslowski] tvm/b&w/28m

1976

Krótka podróz [Krzysztof Rogulski] tvm/43m

1977

Powrót [Filip Bajon] tvm/56m

1981

Da un paese lontano - Papa Giovanni Paolo II/From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II/Z dalekiego kraju [Krzysztof Zanussi] tvm

1981

Versuchung/Pokuszenie [Krzysztof Zanussi] tvm

1981

Imperativ/Imperatyw [Krzysztof Zanussi] tvm/b&w-c

1982

Die Unerreichbare/The Unapproachable [Krzysztof Zanussi] tvm/16mm; also released theatrically

1982

Città del Vaticano [Krzysztof Zanussi] ?; doc/55m; ep series 'Capitali culturali d'Europa'

1983

Blaubart/Sinobrody [Krzysztof Zanussi] tvm/16mm

1987

Dekalog/Decalogue [ep five/piec (57m) dir by Krzysztof Kieslowski] 10-part series; other ph: Wieslaw Zdort, Witold Adamek, Dariusz Kuc, Piotr Sobocinski, a.o.; ep #5 was expanded into the feature film 'Krótki film o zabijaniu'; see Films (1987); see above

 

"Napoléon et l'Europe"

 

1990

Napoléon et l'Europe [ep #3 (52m) 'Maria Walewska' dir by Krzysztof Zanussi & #5 (49m) 'Moskwa' dir by Janusz Majewski] 6-part miniseries/16mm; other ph: Grzegorz Kedzierski, Elso Roque, a.o.

1990

Das lange Gespräch mit dem Vogel/Dluga rozmowa z ptakiem [Krzysztof Zanussi] tvm/16mm

1993

Weltmeister [Zoran Solomun] tvm/16mm

1993

Ein Bett für drei [Bettina Woernle] tvm/60m

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1966

Trzynaste pietro/13 pietro [Edward Etler; tvm/13m] actor; ph: Jan Laskowski

1967

Jowita [Janusz Morgenstern; feature] actor; ph: Jan Laskowski

1968

Gra [Jerzy Kawalerowicz] co-c.asst (+ small part); ph: Jan Laskowski

1969

Nie ma powrotu Johnny [Kaveh Pur Rahnama] 2nd op; ph: Kazimierz Wawrzyniak

1969

Zbrodniarz, który ukradl zbrodnie/The Criminal Who Stole a Crime [Janusz Majewski] co-c.asst; ph: Antoni Nurzynski

1972

Wesele/The Wedding [Andrzej Wajda] co-c.op; ph: Witold Sobocinski

1985

Paradigma/Le pouvoir du mal/Il potere del male [Krzysztof Zanussi] ph cons; ph: Pierluigi Santi

2005

Lou [Séverine Cornamusaz, Barbara Müller, Pascal Verdosci, Anja Ehrhardt, Carla B. Guttmann & Karim Patwa] mdv/c; short/23m; as artistic adv & FilmSpring's Godfather; ph: Adrian Cranage, Hasan Gazi, Matthias Bolliger, Mauro Boscarato & Ariel Manuel Salati; also 17m version called 'Hel'; filmed in October; prod Kölner Filmhaus, FilmSpring & Focal; edited with 'Anniken' into 'Crossing Paths' (2008; 37m); FilmSpring is a unique event in the professional world of filmmaking. With Polish doph Slawomir Idziak as a mentor, a group of 6 directors and 5 dp's have shot a short film based on a screenplay previously developed through a collective process on an Internet forum. This initiative was born of Slawomir Idziak's concern with having young filmmakers break new grounds in the filmmaking process in Europe.

2007

Anniken [Jorge Navarro Fica, Jochen Bechler, Miika Soini, Andreas Wuttke + 5 others] digital/c; short/31m; as artistic adv & FilmSpring's Godfather; ph: Birdy-Birgitte Heneide, Hans Jørgen Ersvik, Jennifer Günther, Daniel Lindholm, Diego Wettstein & Martin Wittlich; prod FilmSpring; edited with 'Lou' into 'Crossing Paths' (2008; 37m)

 

With actors - "Hell Hotel"

 

2009

Hell Hotel [8 directors] HD/c; short/45m; as artistic adv & FilmSpring's Godfather; ph: Martin Demmer, Tilo Hauke, a.o.; prod Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln & FilmSpring

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1970

Spojrzenie/Look [doc/9m/b&w; + co-scrpl] ph: Edward Klosinski

1971

Papierowy ptak/Paper Bird [+ scrpl/ph] see Television

1971

Z kregu czarów sztuki/Inside Art's Magic Circle [doc/14m] ph: Jacek Prosinski

1972

Pan... dziad z lira/Master Beggar with a Lyre [co-d: Andrzej Kotkowski; doc/18m; + co-scrpl] ph: Maria Wituska

1973

Z czterech stron [doc/1084mtr] ph: Michal Bukojemski, Jacek Zygadlo & Krzysztof Langda

1977

Seans/Seance [tvm/73m; + co-scrpl] ph: Michal Bukojemski

1978

Nauka latania/Flying Lessons/Learning to Fly [+ scrpl/cph] see Films

1979

Debiut/Debut [short/22m; + scrpl] ph: Jacek Zygadlo  

1980

Bajki na dobranoc [tvm/73m; + scrpl] ph: Piotr Kwiatkowski

1982

La piste [16mm/c; short/15m] ph: Gil Moizon

1992

Enak [tvm/b&w-c; + scrpl] ph: Andrzej Jaroszewicz