2013, Colour, Poland, World Competition (full length movies)


Production Team

Director : Maciej Pieprzyca

Screenwriter : Maciej Pieprzyca

Cinematographer : Pawel Dyllus

Editor : Krzysztof Szpetmánski

Cast : Dawid Ogrodnik, Kami Tkacz, Dorota Kolak, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Katarzyna Zawadzka, Anna Nehrebecka

Music : Bartosz Chajdecki

Film production and Sales : Wieslaw Lysakowski, Tramway Studio, Rejtana 14/9, 02-516 Varsovie (Pologne), tél.: (+48-22) 845 03 52, [email protected] / TVP - Film Agency, Varsovie (Pologne), tél.: (+48-22) 547 81 67, [email protected]



Mateusz has cerebral palsy. In addition to his obvious physical handicap, he was diagnosed at a very early age as a mentally disabled person with no communicative ability. After twenty five years, however, it turned out that apart from his physical problems, he was a perfectly normal, even quite intelligent person. The film is a chronicle of his life. We get to know Mateusz now, when he is 30 and is institutionalized at a clinic for the mentally disabled. He is about to be examined by a committee which will decide whether he is normal or not. In retrospect we follow his life from the early 1980s to the present, in happy and sad times. We also get to know the love of his life, Anka. "The story of Przemek (the name of the real person on whom Mateusz is based) is above all a pretext to ask existential questions about life, death, faith, love, normality and understanding. Life does not bring unambiguous moments of sadness or joy; it is more a state in-between those feelings, between a funeral and a wedding. Life is both tragic and comical." -- Maciej Pierprzyca



Born in Katowice, Poland in 1964, Maciej Pieprzyca graduated in scriptwriting from the State Film School in Lodz and directing from the Katowice Film School. He worked as a journalist and TV scriptwriter before embarking on a filmmaking career, first as a documentarist then as a director of fiction. Selected filmography: She is Different (1990), By Knockout (1995), I Am a Killer (1998), INFERNO (2001), And the Legend Shall Remain (2001), FEAST OF ST. BARBARA (2005), SPLINTERS (2008), which was shown at the MWFF.



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