THE LAST FAMILY
An unconventional film about an equally unconventional artist, Polish surrealist painter Zdzisław Beksiński (Andrzej Seweryn), famous for his dark post-apocalyptic works.
Based on a bizarre true story, “The Last Family” is like no other biopic. Set over 28 years, the film places surrealist art in the background and focuses on the artist’s complex family dynamics.
Beksiński, a cult artist known for creating disturbing artworks and fantasizing of hard core sexual experiences, is a quiet family man. He is a devoted husband and stoic father living in a modest Warsaw apartment with his wife Zofia (Aleksandra Konieczna) and their elderly mothers, while also keeping an eye on his neurotic son Tomasz (Dawid Ogrodnik), who lives in a nearby highrise. Zofia constantly worries about her overly sensitive son who is slowly building a name for himself as a cult DJ and film translator who brings western pop culture from behind the Iron Curtain. After his first suicide attempt, Zdzisław and Zofia struggle to prevent their son from hurting himself.
Zdzislaw obsessively records his everyday existence in photographs, home movies and on audio tape, amassing an astonishing archive that chronicles a series of strange events and everyday lives of this eccentric family.
Jan P Matuszyński’s acclaimed feature debut is one of the most awarded Polish films of 2016. It won five trophies, including The Golden Lions for the Best Film and the Audience Award at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, Grand Prize - Jaeger-LeCoultre & TAP Revelation Award, Best Film Award at Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, the Best Film Award of the 22nd Vilnius Film Festival – Kino Pavasaris, to name only a few.
"Mesmerising portrait of a battling brood"
Golden Lion for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Audience Award, Journalists Award — Gdynia Film Festival, Polish Academy Awards – 2016
Grand Prize - Jaeger-LeCoultre & TAP Revelation Award, Best Film Award — Lisbon & Estoril FF - 2016
Silver Plaque Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction Chicago IFF – 2016
Krzysztof Kieslowski Award 2016 — Denver IFF Grand Prix - Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist 2016
Best Actor — Locarno IFF – 2016
Special Award of the Jury - Sofia International Film Festival - 2016
Prize for Best Debut Film, Prize for Outstanding Actor (Dawid Ogrodnik) - Cottbus Film Festival - 2016
Golden Frog for Best Polish Film — Cameraimage – 2016
Discovery of the Year, Best Script, Best Actress and Best Actor - Polish Film Award The Eagles – 2017
Paszport Polityka (Award of the Polish Newspaper „Polityka“) – 2017
Best Film in competition “New Europe – New Name” - Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino Pavasaris”- 2017
All non-English films screen with English subtitles.
POLISH FILM FESTIVAL 2017
TIPS FOR CHEATING
Monday 5 June 6:30 pm
Friday 9 June 9:00 pm
Sunday 11 June 6:30 pm
Thursday 15 June 6:30 pm