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Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family) screening
Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 19:00–21:02
The Little will screen Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family, Jan P. Matuszyński, 2016, 122min.)
The Last Family chronicles the last 28 years in the life of Poland's famous painter, photographer, and sculptor Zdzisław Beksiński. Far from being a classic biopic, The Last Family is a darkly humorous story about strong family ties. It concerns a peculiar love, marked by death, which lurks everywhere — it is present in Zdzisław's paintings,; through in music, beloved by his son Tomasz,; and in the disease, that afflicts his wife Zofia. It is also a story about people who experience their lives as an explosive mix of ideas taken from cinema, art, music and everyday reality. Finally, it is a movie about artistic nonfulfillment — about a family formed and destroyed by art. Having full access to the Beksiński family's archives, Jan Matuszyński was able to create a movie that painted an extremely realistic picture of the family, told through the utterly realistic performances of some of the best Polish film actors. Andrzej Seweryn won best actor at Locarno for his portrayal of Zdzisław Beksiński's intentions and beliefs.
[source: Polish Film Festival website, 2017-Nov-6]