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With a mix of rigorous philosophical inquiry and operatic emotion, Krzysztof Kieślowski translated the mysteries of everyday life into incandescent, richly cinematic reveries. Before his untimely death in 1996, at the age of fifty-four, the Polish master traveled an idiosyncratic path from the politically engaged documentaries and social realist dramas of his early career to the ambitious metaphysical explorations of Dekalog and the Three Colors trilogy, which made him one of the most internationally renowned European filmmakers of his generation. On what would have been his seventy-sixth birthday, we’re honoring him with a look back at his most celebrated achievements.

From the Kieślowski Archives

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In Ambitious ‘Okja,’ A Teen Attempts To Save Her Super Pig From Slaughter

Fresh Air film critic Justin Chang says: 

“The wildly inventive sci-fi thriller Okja tells the story of a courageous 13-year-old Korean girl named Mija (played by An Seo Hyun), who is determined to protect her closest companion from being chewed up and spat out by the forces of 21st-century capitalism. That companion is Okja, an enormous, genetically modified pig — a “super pig,” as she’s been branded by the executives at Mirando, a multinational agrochemical corporation that is trying to spearhead a revolution in global food production.

Ahn makes you root for Mija at every step of her journey, and Okja immediately takes her place among the most touching and realistic computer-generated characters ever made; Andy Serkis couldn’t have played her any better. Okja begins streaming on Netflix this Wednesday, and will also be playing a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles and New York. If the latter option is available to you, seize it; this super pig is worth seeing on the biggest screen you can find.”