organization Art Promotion

L’ENFER / The hell


Francia, Italia, Belgio, Giappone – 2005 – 35mm – color – 98’


Direction: Danis Tanović
Screenplay: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Photography: Laurent Dailland
Editing: Francesca Calvelli
Set design: Aline Bonetto
Music: Dusko Segvic, Danis Tanović
Costumes: Caroline De Vivaise
Cast: Emmanuelle Beart, Karin Viard, Marie Gillain, Carole Bouquet, Guillaume Canet, Jacques Gamblin, Jacques Perrin, Miki Manojlovic, Maryam D’abo, Gaëlle Bona, Dominique Reymond, Jean Rochefort
Producers: Marc Baschet, Cédomir Kolar
Production: Asap Films



The three sisters, Sophie, Céline  and Anne, shoulder the burden of a family tragedy that has marked their childhood and that they have not been able to forget. In the eighties, their father, a teacher who was sent to prison, when he regained his freedom is decidedly rejected by their mother who has tried to prevent him from seeing his three young daughters that she closed into their room. Then, after a violent confrontation with his wife, who lifeless falls to the ground, he threw himself out the window. Now adults, the three sisters have moved away from each other and each one has built her own life.



“The late Krzysztof Kieslowski’s last testament was an idea for a projected trilogy – Heaven, Purgatory and Hell – devised jointly with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, who has written the three finished screenplays. (…) The classical, Euripidean dimension comes in realising that we are all Medea’s children: murdered in spirit by an adult’s anger, or revenge, or perhaps just whim, and condemned to live our own grownup lives as undead sacrificial lambs with cargoes of emotional anguish that will one day be discharged only by cruelty to our own children. And so the hell goes on. This film is far from an easy watch, but brilliantly presented and played – and a worthy addition to the Kieslowski canon. What will Purgatory be like?” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)



2005 São Paulo IFF –  Competition