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
|Original Language Title:||Ostatnia rodzina|
|Running Time:||123 minutes|
|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|