The Performer
by Maciej Sobieszczanski, Łukasz Ronduda, Poland 2015, 63 '
CAMERA: Łukasz Gutt PSC  SOUND: Paulina Bochenska 
PHOTOGRAPHY: Łukasz Gutt PSC  PRODUCER: Kuba Kosma, Wojciech Marczewski - Wajda Studio 
EDITING: Rafal Listopad PSM, Mateusz Romaszkan  PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION: Wajda Studio Sp. Z.o.o.
MUSIC: Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz  LANGUAGE: Polish 

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival 2015

A look into the world of Polish contemporary art, based on the life of artist Oskar Dawicki, who plays himself in the film. Dressed in the bright blue jacket which has become a characteristic element of his performances, Dawicki subtly and ironically deals with questions linked to his artistic identity and the paradoxes of reality. His performances and those of his teacher Zbigniew Warpechowski alternate in the film, edited together with archival- and new action footage. They appear as their own cinematic alter egos, creating a winning world of doubles and fictions. Through emotions and small daily challenges, extreme gestures and terminal visions, directors Maciej Sobieszczanski and Łukasz Ronduda, curator of the Warsaw Contemporary Art Center, create an excellent mix of documentation and fiction, culminating with the emblematic epilogue: the artist fakes his own death during one of his actions. 

Maciej Sobieszczanski 
Director, screenwriter and dramaturge. He is the author of the screenplay The Simple Story About Love, directed by Arkadiusz Jakubik, recognized as one of the best films of 2011 in Poland, which won the Grand Prize at the Gdynia Film Festival. That same year, he made his directorial debut with the film Birthday which was screened at several Polish festivals, including the Gdynia FF, the Warsaw Film Festival, and Etiuda & Anima Festival in Krakow. 

Łuskasz Ronduda 
Curator, writer, screenwriter and director. His work concentrates on the links between contemporary art and cinema. Curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, he is the author of the novel Half Empty (Warsaw 2011) whose protagonist is artist Oskar Dawicki. He has recently curated many shows, including: New National Art, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2012); Polish Art Today, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2014); Oskar Hansen. Open Form in Architecture, Art and Didactic at MACBA Barcelona (2014). 

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