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    The Last Family

    Directed by Jan P. Matuszyński
    Poland | 123 minutes | Focus on Poland

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    The Last Family

    Directed by Jan P. Matuszyński
    Poland | 123 minutes | Focus on Poland

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    The Last Family

    Directed by Jan P. Matuszyński
    Poland | 123 minutes | Focus on Poland

Drawing on an incredibly dense personal archive compiled by surrealist Zdzisław Beksiński, Matuszyński has fashioned not a traditional portrait of the artist, but an immersive chronicle of an extreme, morbid domesticity in late 20th-century Poland. Winner: Best Actor, Locarno; Best Film, Denver, Lisbon & Estoril, Polish (Gdynia).

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film synopsis

What is normal, in the context of a family-or a life? Look at his apocalyptic paintings, or listen to his S&M fantasies, and you might conclude that the Polish surrealist Zdzisław Beksiński was a strange man... Yet in person he was mild and self-effacing, a devoted husband, son and stoic father who spent the last decades of his life (up to 2005) in a modest Warsaw apartment living with his wife, his mother and his mother-in-law.

As if that wasn't enough, his neurotic and suicidal son was a frequent visitor and constant source of agitation. Zdzisław obsessively documented all of this in photographs, audio recordings and on video: an archive of everyday banality to counterpoint his extra-ordinary art.

Morbidly witty, impressively controlled, the dramatic feature debut from documentarian Jan P. Matuszyński draws from this dense multimedia diary to illuminate not only the career of a significant artist, but also to illustrate how chaos and despair coexist with the quotidian in every life.

Winner: Best Film, Denver, Lisbon & Estoril, and Polish (Gdynia); Best Actor, Locarno

film details

Original Language Title: Ostatnia rodzina
Country: Poland
Year: 2016
Running Time: 123 minutes
Language: Polish
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Best Actor (Andrzej Seweryn), Locarno Film Festival; Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Chicago International Film Festival
Director: Jan P. Matuszyński
Producers: Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham
Principal Cast: Andrzej Seweryn, Dawid Ogrodnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Chyra
Cinematographers: Kacper Fertacz
Editor: Przemysław Chruścielewski
Music: Atanas Valkov
Screenwriter: Robert Bolesto
Website: neweuropefilmsales.com/movies/102

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