1 – 17 December 2017
ArteKino Festival 2017
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The Last Family, dir. Jan P. Matuszyński, Poland 2016, 123 mins
The ArteKino Festival has selected ten films that represent the eclectic and daring trend sweeping across modern European film productions. Alongside the latest work from renowned filmmakers, it has decided to showcase new talent, with some directors’ first ambitious feature-length films that demonstrate the outstanding creative ability of the new generation from countries such as Romania, Greece and Poland. Far from any kind of formatting, these ten films call into question heritage and modernity, provide complex or linear story lines, invent structures in which stories from worlds both past and present can unfold, as well as intimate secrets and the power of imagination. From a variety cinematic backgrounds, these films are deeply entwined with inspiration drawn from poems and fiction. They reaffirm the intensity of modern European filmmaking, which is perpetually reinventing itself and has the capacity to amaze and exhilarate.
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...