Section: Feature Film Competition

Ostatnia Rodzina

The Last Family

Jan P. Matuszyński
Poland, 2016, 123 Min

An intimate portrayal of the unconventional family life of the Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński, his crisis-torn wife Zofia and their son Tomasz – a popular radio presenter, depicted throughout three decades. A curious and unbiased look into the family dynamics of high-strung neurosis, and the endless thin line between accepting and disowning your closest of kin.

Hubert Komerski

Beksiński’s famously dystopian paintings are not the focal point, yet his private life’s dystopic machinations just might also be an inspiration for his art. Haunted with hardcore sexual fantasies, his calm demeanor and intellectual pride are the complete opposite of his son’s Tomasz uncontrollable tantrums, raging emotions, latent mental handicap and suicidal tendencies. Mother Zofia is caught between – always the composed woman re-establishing the fragile balance.

Family life is never sunshine and rainbows, but in retrospect, perhaps the bizarre beauty of it can be found once each member’s vulnerability is acknowledged, namely recorded as a part of history.

Based on the life of Polish painter Beksiński and inspired by the intimate audio and video archives of himself, his wife and son Tomasz that he recorded since the late 1950s, Jan P. Matuszyński’s debut feature film confidently stands as a highly intriguing dramatic chronicle of an outwardly ordinary and privately eccentric family. EY

DCP | Farbe / colour
Robert Bolesto
Kacper Fertacz
Jarosław Bajdowski, Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasiński
Przemysław Chruścielewski
Jagna Janicka
Andrzej Seweryn, Dawid Ogrodnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Chyra, Zofia Perczyńska
Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham
Aurum Film
HBO Europe, Mazovia Film Fund, Lightcraft, Universal Music Poland
New Europe Film Sales
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Jan P. Matuszyński

Jan P. Matuszyński - born in 1984 in Poland. He graduated in film directing from the Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia in Katowice and from the Documentary Course at the Wajda Film School in Warsaw. His shorts were screened and awarded at festivals in Poland and abroad. OSTATNIA RODZINA is his debut feature film.

RAZEM (2006, short)
MYJNIA (2007, short)
WIEM, KTO TO ZROBIŁ (2008, short)
NIEBO (2011, short, doc)
OFFLINE (2012, short)
DEEP LOVE (2013, doc)

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