The Last Family

Ostatnia rodzina

Jan P. Matuszyński

In this unconventional portrait of Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński (1929-2005), we hardly ever see him so much as pick up a brush. Some of his dystopian, surrealistic works are on display in his apartment, but this feature debut by director Jan P. Matuszyński concentrates more on this Polish cult hero’s family life than on his art. The focus is particularly on his neurotic son, Tomasz, whose violent outbursts and recurring suicidal tendencies constantly occupy Beksiński and his wife Zofia in this decade-spanning family saga.
Beksiński recorded virtually his entire life, starting in 1957 on audio tape, later also using photographs and video recordings. Matuszyński makes grateful use of these rich sources. The result is an at times documentary-like but nonetheless highly stylised film. Lead actor Andrzej Seweryn rightly won best actor award at the Locarno film festival for his dry, sardonic interpretation of Beksiński.

Screenings

  • LantarenVenster 2
    English subtitles
    Sun 29 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 2
    English subtitles
    Tue 31 Jan Buy
  • Kino 3
    English subtitles
    Thu 2 Feb Buy
  • Cinerama 4
    English subtitles
    Sat 4 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Jan P. Matuszyński
Country
Poland
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
123’
Language
Polish
Producer
Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham
Production Company
Aurum Film
Sales
New Europe Film Sales
Writer
Robert Bolesto
Cinematography
Kacper Fertacz
Editor
Przemysław Chruścielewski
Production Design
Jagna Janicka
Sound Design
Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasiński, Jarosław Bajdowski
Cast
Andrzej Seweryn, Dawid Ogrodnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Chyra
Website
http://neweuropefilmsales.com/movies/102