ANGELUS

Awards:
Grand Prix, Camerimage, 2001
Audience Award, Miami Film Festival, 2002
Golden Grapes, Lagow, 2002
Prix Federico Fellini, 2002

Starring: Jan Siodlaczek, Paweł Steinert, Jacenty Jędrusik, Małgorzata Madejowska, Marian Makula, Andrzej Mastalerz, Elżbieta Okupska, Tadeusz Pławecki, Jan Skrzek, Andrzej Skupiński, Grzegorz Stasiak

Screenplay
Lech Majewski, Bronisław Maj, Ireneusz Siwiński

Cinematography
Adam Sikora

Production designers
Lech Majewski, Katarzyna Sobańska

Music
Lech Majewski, Józef Skrzek

Sound
Lech Brański

Editor
Eliot Ems

Producer
Henryk Romanowski - FILMCONTRACT Ltd

Director
Lech Majewski

"Magnificent!"
Brandon Judell, Indie WIRE, Miami Film Festival


"An exceptionally original film, entirely in the spirit of the naif paintings. One thinks of Fellini."
Michael Gibson, Herald Tribune


"When it isn't exciting the eye with its precise, painterly imagery, Lech Majewski's 'Angelus' amuses in a dry, absurdist fashion… The film's mode of setting up fantastically designed and lensed tableaux shots, has a nearly hallucinating impact on the eye… There's a purified aura of beauty in 'Angelus' that creates a sometimes stunning sense of the imagination overcoming all obstacles."
Robert Koehler, Variety


"Lech Majewski portrays life in a Silesian occult commune in a series of visually exquisite, surreal tableaux. His painterly eye has a dark sense of humor."
Georg Lefont, Atlanta High Museum of Art


"'Angelus' is a fascinating film that recalls the work of Tarkovsky, while standing alone as a unique expression of Majewski's creative impulse. It's an otherworldly film, its images meticulously composed in a vivid, painterly style… The result is a film of uncommon beauty, celebrating the pursuit of art and enlightenment in all its myriad forms."
Darryl Macdonald, Seattle International Film Festival


"Like Emir Kusturica's 'Underground' and Volker Schlondorff's 'The Tin Drum', 'Angelus' offers a sardonic, off-centered lens on decades of strife in Eastern Europe."
Laura Emerick, Chicago Sun-Times


"Wildy inventive! Fantastic imagery! A mix of Fellini's absurdist satire and Tarkovsky's mystical ritualism."
Washington City Paper


"Lech Majewski's dazzling visual talents are on full display in this absurdist comedy. It's great fun to watch."
Reece Pendleton, Chicago Reader


"'Angelus' is a visual thrill, and above all, a committed defense of mystery, poetry, and imagination against materialism and totalitarianism."
Jason Sanders, Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive




WORKING CLASS MYSTICIZM

A YOUNG MALE VIRGIN HAS TO BE SACRIFICED. THIS IS THE BELIEF OF A GROUP OF WORKING CLASS MYSTICS AND PAINTERS BENT ON SAVING THE WORLD.
ON THE EVE OF WW2 THEIR MASTER, A MYSTERIOUS ROSICRUCIAN WARNS THEM OF THREE IMMINENT OMENS OF DESTRUCTION
- AND THUS BEGINS A TALE IN WHICH THE 20TH CENTURY IS RETOLD IN SCENES INSPIRED BY THE NAIVE TABLEAUX AND BOARD PAINTINGS OF THE WORKING CLASS ARISTOCRACY - THE COALMINERS.
PRIMITIVE METAPHYSICS MIXES WITH THE HARSH REALITY OF THE STALINIST PERIOD IN SILESIA - A REGION FOUGHT OVER BY GERMANS AND POLES.
THE UNIQUE CULTURE, LANGUAGE AND CUSTOMS OF THIS VANISHING WORLD ARE PAINSTAKINGLY AND IRONICALLY RECREATED...
..BY THE PAINTER / POET / DIRECTOR LECH MAJEWSKI.