Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

‘From a Night Porter’s Point of View’ — Auntie Underground

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 17th September / 7pm–9pm

From a Night Porter’s Point of View is a 1977 documentary film by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski. It won the Grand Prix at the nineteenth Kraków Film Festival in 1979. The 16 minute film consists of an interview with Marian Osuch, a minor security official.

Most of the footage is of Osuch performing the various duties of his job, while he narrates his opinions on various subjects. Osuch talks mostly about his position, how he personally enjoys enforcing various bureaucratic rules, arresting petty offenders, and confiscating fishing rods. He also details his support for the government and capital punishment, saying that criticism of the government should be silenced, and that criminals should be hanged in public.