‘Talking Heads,’ documentary film-short, Kieslowski


Kieslowski’s short 1980 film documentary ‘Talking Heads’, made for Polish State TV, takes people from all backgrounds and all ages (from one to one hundred years old) and simply asks them:
Who are you?
What do you want?
The answers are thoughtful, surprising, touching, sometimes uplifting or bleak, occasionally funny or wry, the film ends with a one hundred year old woman’s bark of knowing laughter. Just once there is no answer to the filmmaker’s questions, and Kieslowski hovers with his camera, allowing a blink, blink, and a baby’s soft amazed expression, her silence to speak volumes. The two questions seem to get straight to the heart of the shared humanity of Kieslowski’s ‘Talking Heads’.

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Described as "an intelligent, creative, imaginative, original writer" by Guardian Book of the Year author Trevor Byrne, Jo Ely has been Shortlisted for the Fish International Short Story Prize and has had a short story selected for an anthology edited by New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Sandra Tyler (Woven Tale Press, US ed. 2016). Jo has published short stories, children's books and written interviews with writers for the Woven Tale Press. She also reviews for the world's first online Empathy Library. 'Stone Seeds' is Jo's first novel, published by Urbane Publications (Amazon.co.uk).

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