Cabler nabs ‘Decalogue’

Polish pic to air on Sundance

NEW YORK — Sundance Channel has acquired television rights to “The Decalogue,” Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski’s series of films inspired by the Ten Commandments.

“The Decalogue” — which has screened only at film festivals and select arthouses for limited runs — will make its television premiere on Sundance Channel in May and will air throughout the month. As part of the cable net’s “Spotlight on Krzysztof Kieslowski,” Sundance Channel will also present the television premiere of Krzysztof Wiuerzbicki’s documentary “Krzysztof Kieslowski: I’m So-So.”

“Decalogue,” created for Polish TV in 1988-89, consists of 10 short films. Each corresponds to a commandment and centers on different residents of the same modern Warsaw apartment complex.

Masterpiece experience

“It’s a genuine masterpiece, and we’re very proud to bring it to viewers in the medium for which it was originally intended,” said Liz Manne, exec VP of programming and marketing for Sundance Channel.

It acquired the rights from Facets, a Chicago-based homevideo company. Larry Greenberg, manager of acquisitions for Showtime Networks Inc. and Sundance Channel, brokered the deal.

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