The Last Family

Ostatnia RodzinaJan P. Matuszyński

Poland | 2017 | 123 min

Polish | Subtitles : EN, FR, DE, ES, UK, IT

From 1 - 17 december 2017

Variety

Exceptional camerawork and an unerring eye for period detail are boldly on display in Jan P. Matuszyński’s disturbing biopic.

Best Actor (Andrzej Seweryn) - Locarno Festival
Special Jury Award - Sofia IFF
Best Film, Best Lead Actors - Gdynia FF
Best Film - Vilnius IFF

The Last Family

Beksiński is a gentle man with arachnophobia, despite his hardcore sexual fantasies and his fondness for painting disturbing dystopian works. Beksiński is a family man who wants only the best for his loving wife Zofia, neurotic son Tomasz and the couple's aging mothers. His daily painting to classical music eventually pays off and he makes a name for himself in contemporary art. Good Catholic woman Zofia tries to hold the family together, but troubled son Tomasz proves to be a handful with his violent outbursts and suicidal threats. Their relief is brief when he starts dating women and becomes a radio presenter and movie translator, and the concerned parents must be on constant watch to prevent their son from hurting himself. But Beksiński never believed that family life would always be sunshine and rainbows. As he tapes everything with his beloved camcorder, the 28-year Beksiński saga unfolds through paintings, near-death experiences, dance music trends and funerals...

  • Starring: Andrzej Seweryn, Dawid Ogrodnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Chyra
  • Production: Aurum Film/International Sales: New Europe Film Sales
The Last Family

The Last Family, first feature film by Jan P. Matuszynski, retraces the true story of Zdzisław Beksiński, a famous surrealist polish painter who spent the last part of his life isolated in his Varsovie apartment, where he worked and lived with his family, filming daily the latter with a super 8 camera. By presenting the neuroses and chaotic relationships of a dysfunctional family, the film presents within a domestic space the end of the 20th century in Poland and its political and societal upheavals. A film of an impressive formal and narrative virtuosity showcasing unforgettable actors.

Olivier Père

Jan P. Matuszyński

Jan P. Matuszyński

For me, the possibility of asking questions is always the starting point. When I do not have clear answers, it means that it is a good idea to make a film about it.

Jan P. Matuszyński was born in 1984. Jan graduated in Film Directing from Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia in Katowice and completed the Documentary Course in Wajda School. His short 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. Matuszyński 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 Kraków FF and more). THE LAST FAMILY is his feature film debut.