Łukasz Ronduda, Maciej Sobieszczanski

Oskar Dawicki in The Performer
Poland 2015

07.02. 21:30 Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg (Film/Performance/Panel)
09.02. 15:00 Arsenal 1 (Film only)

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An insight into the contemporary art world, based on the life of performance artist Oskar Dawicki who plays himself. The main theme of his art is the search for an answer to the question of whether... Oskar Dawicki exists at all. The trademark of his performances is his blue shining jacket.We meet Oskar at a turning point in his life, when he learns that his Mentor Zbigniew Warpechowski is dying. Warpechowski has also been mentoring the Dearest, Oskar’s childhood friend and a rival, who has devoted himself to more commercial art and beomce the most profitable contemporary artist in Poland. Oskar has one more complicated relationship in his life: a love affair with his art dealer. As in Dawicki’s previous works, established norms of moral, spiritual, and social order are challenged and put on trial. The Perfomer is the first-ever art exhibition in the form of a feature film: Oscar Dawicki’s works are connected on the screen not only by time and space, but also by narrative, drama, and emotion. The film is an unusual mix of performance art with acting, and a fusion of documentary film-making with fictional storytelling. The premiere screening of the film will be followed by Oskar Dawicki’s performance I am sorry (2015).

Łukasz Ronduda is a curator, writer, scriptwriter, and film director living in Warsaw and working on the interface between contemporary art and cinema. He is the curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. His novel Half Empty (Lampa i Iskra Boza) was published in 2011. The book’s main hero is Oskar Dawicki. Maciej Sobieszczański is a film director, screenwriter, playwright and lecturer. He teaches at the Wajda School as well as the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łodz. His directorial debut Birthday was screened at many festivals, including the Gdynia FF, Warsaw Film Festival, and the “Etiuda&Anima” festival in Krakow.

Contact: www.wajdastudio.pl
Production: Kuba Kosma, Wojciech Marczewski
Cast: Oskar Dawicki, Agata Buzek, Zbigniew Warpechowski, Anda Rottenberg, Jakub Gierszał, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Katarzyna Zawadzka
Director of photography: Łukasz Gutt
Editor: Rafał Listopad, Mateusz Romaszkan
Production design: Joanna Kaczyńska
Sound: Paulina Bocheńska. Music Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
Format: DCP, Colour
Running time: 62 min
Language: Polish