THE BEKSIŃSKIS. A Sound and Picture Album
The story of an outstanding Polish painter, Zdzisław Beksiński, and his complicated relationship with his son, Tomek, an extremely popular music journalist who suffered from depression and made numerous attempts to commit suicide. The film is a startling, sometimes shocking, sometimes moving family drama documentary which has been painstakingly reconstructed using audio recordings, film and photographs from the Beksińskis’ private archive, material that has never been made public in this form before...
“What’s the point of it all?” – the protagonist constantly asks, reflecting on the sense of human life. In a free stream of consciousness, he returns to the events that influenced him: love, adolescence or episodes of contemporary history. A kaleidoscope of memories, thoughts and reflections presented with quickly changing painted visions. Subtle brush strokes and colourful patches are complemented with restless music sending shivers down one’s spine.
When God Sleeps
Since the ajotollahs issued fatwa to him for high treason of Islam, the life of Shahin Najafi is in constant danger. In his rock-and-rap pieces, he often touches on the topics that are taboo in today’s Iran. He currently lives in Germany but each of his concerts is risky, both to the musicians and to the audience. The film is a portrait of an unrested artist who has to hide and often change his appearance but doesn’t stop playing nevertheless.
The Ugliest Car
The youngest protagonist of this documentary is a Wartburg which is over fifty years old. The car is still running, with Bogdan behind her wheel and Bogdan’s mother next to him. Set between Majdanek and Germany, this road movie is actually a journey into the past, a reconstruction of memories of the times of war. It also portraits the extraordinary mother son relationship. Bogdan devotes almost all his time to Kazimiera, except when he proudly demonstrates the peculiar ugliness of his car to perfect stra...