The Last Family

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Poland | 2016 | 123 minutes | Jan P. Matuszynski

Polish surrealist Zdzislaw Beksinski (Andrzej Seweryn) aims his camcorder at his loving wife and troubled son (SIFF 2014 Best Actor winner Dawid Ogrodnik), unfolding a subversive true-life family drama. Winner of four Polish Academy Awards.

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A structurally fascinating and harrowing portrait of an artist, The Last Family tracks 30 years in the life of eccentric 20th-century Polish surrealist Zdzislaw Beksinski, whose varied and controversial career included sculpture, photography, drawing, and graphics. Disturbing, obsessive, ironic, and piercingly poignant, this family drama takes place in two of Warsaw's monolithic postwar apartment buildings; Beksinski (Andrzej Seweryn, The Promised Land) and his wife Zofia (stage actress Aleksandra Konieczna) live across the field from their troublesome and manic-depressive son Thomaz (Dawid Ogrodnik, Ida), a DJ, music critic, and translator of English-language films. Together they make up a bitter, emotionally perilous brood, careening into each other like dysfunctional meteors. The film combines docudrama with letters, stories, and meticulous home-video reenactments, allowing screenwriter Robert Bolesto (The Lure, 2015) and director Jan P. Matuszynski—making his narrative feature debut—to create a rich, intimate, textured, and unflinching examination of the bonds, scars, and demons of one family. Featuring Salingeresque dialogue, Hitchcockian flourishes, a remarkable soundtrack (Tchaikovsky mixes with the Moody Blues), and scenes shot in hypnotic and unbroken takes, The Last Family slowly gets under your skin, providing a wholly unique cinematic experience.

Director Biography

Jan P. Matuszynski was born in 1984. Jan graduated in Film Directing from Krzysztof Kieslowski Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia in Katowice and completed the Documentary Course in Wajda School. His films such as 15 Years of Silence, After Party, Heaven have been screened and won prizes at numerous festivals in Poland and abroad. Jan P. Matuszynski is most recognized for his documentary Deep Love (Best Documentary Award at the 36th IFF in Moscow, the Silver Horn award for Best Feature Documentary Film at the 54th Krakow FF and more). The Last Family is his feature film debut.

Sponsored by Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles, Seattle Polish Film Festival

  • Original Language Title: Ostatnia Rodzina
  • Director: Jan P. Matuszynski
  • Principal Cast: Andrzej Seweryn, Dawid Ogrodnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Chyra
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Poland
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 123 minutes
  • Producer: Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham
  • Screenplay: Robert Bolesto
  • Cinematographers: Kacper Fertacz
  • Editors: Przemyslaw Chruscielewski
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Locarno International Film Festival 2016 (Best Actor), Gdynia Film Festival 2016 (Best Film, Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Deep Love (2013)
  • Language: Polish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: New Europe Film Sales