The Last Family / Ostatnia Rodzina

Director: Jan P. Matuszyński

Poland 2016, 123 min.
Language: Polish with English subtitles

28 April   18:00   Kino 1   –   29 April   22:15   Kino 2

Post-apocalyptic surrealism and home routine, the two opposite corners of a biopic that involves Zdzisław Beksinski, famous Polish painter of the first three decades of the twentieth century. The Last Family, the debut of Jan P. Matuszynski, is a truly original film in its ability to merge two worlds seemingly so far apart. The history and art of Beksinski is inextricably tied to his family, a universe in which the man immerses himself so far that he consumes himself. From the sick mother, to the beloved Catholic wife Zonia and to his son Tomasz, the weakest and tormented link: well-known radio DJ and translator into Polish of the Monty Python film, neurotic, with suicidal tendencies. The bittersweet narrative rhythm accompanies the flow of life between abandonment, pain, small authentic joys – above and within everything, art and its transfiguring breath.

Cast: Andrzej Seweryn, Dawid Ogrodnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Chyra
Producers: Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham
Writer: Robert Bolesto
Cinematography: Kacper Fertacz
Production design: Jagna Janicka
Editing: Przemysław Chruścielewski
Sound: Jarosław Bajdowski, Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasiński

Festivals:
2017 — Tromsø IFF
2016 — Festival del film Locarno
2016 — Chicago International Film Festival
2016 — Polish Film Festival
2016 — Denver International Film Festival
2016 — Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival
2016 — Cameraimage

Awards:
Golden Frog forBest Polish Film 2016 — Cameraimage
Golden Lion for Best Film, Best Actor & Actress, and Audience Award 2016 — Polish FF
Best Actor 2016 — Locarno IFF
TAP Revelation Award, Jaeger – LeCoultre Best Film Award 2016 — Lisbon & Estoril FF
Krzysztof Kieslowski Award 2016 — Denver IFF
Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction 2016 — Chicago IFF