GLASS LIPS


writer / director / producer / cinematographer
Lech Majewski

cast
Patryk Czajka
Grzegorz Przybył
Joanna Litwin
Ryszarda Celińska
Leonard Brzoza
Werner Widera
Dorota Lis
Michalina Rutkowska
Tadeusz Pławecki
Marian Makula
Anna Wesołowska


music
Lech Majewski & Józef Skrzek

production designer
Joanna Macha

costumes
Dorota Lis

editors
Eliot Ems,
Norbert Rudzik


sound
Lech Majewski,
Zbigniew Malecki

Festivals: Locarno, Valencia, Göteborg, Istanbul, Seattle, Tokio.

Playing at: Berkeley Art Museum; Wexner Center for the Arts, Cleveland; Portland Art Museum; Art Institute of Chicago; Honolulu Academy of Arts; Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver; UCLA Film Archive, Los Angeles; University of Colorado, International Film Series, Boulder; Image Forum, Kyoto; Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya; Yokohama Museum of Art; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo.

The film began its life as an installation of interrelated video art features, entitled Blood of a Poet that opened Lech Majewski retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on May 3, 2006. Rejecting dialogue and chronology it marked an innovative approach to the traditional narration: simultaneous flow of images, events, and visual associations created a cross-section of a human consciousness.

Based on this cycle, Lech Majewski assembled a full lengths feature, Glass Lips, telling the story of a young poet at odds with himself and with the world. After the death of his mother - although the possibility of "after" is always, in Glass Lips, relative - the young poet finds himself shut away in a psychiatric ward. From his isolation he sees his mother, his violent father and his father's lovers. Through this process of remembering, the visions overlap and communicate with one another, continually asking the viewer to develop a new method of interpretation.

"This haunting look at the nature of nurture uses the childhood memories of a traumatized young poet to explore themes and visuals ranging from the biblical to the baroque. Marshaling paternal abuse and maternal passivity into painterly, dialogue-free scenes of domestic isolation, Polish-American artist Lech Majewski creates an aesthetic of dysfunction that's as beautiful as it is disturbing. Glass Lips contrasts meticulously controlled images with emotional anarchy. After a while the film's expressiveness becomes so hypnotic that it's difficult not to make your own connections."
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"Glass Lips exerts a chilly fascination from minute to minute... Experimental pic by noted Polish-born artist-filmmaker is a harshly beautiful, dialogue-free meditation on the indelible influence of childhood trauma."
Joe Leydon, Variety
"The hypnotic, painterly images combine with haunting music in one of the most unusual, beautiful films of the year."
V. A. Musetto, New York Post
"Those who revel in Majewski's stunning imagery and brilliant compositions can also find their bliss herein. Personal, political, and ultimately affecting."
Jason Sanders, Berkeley Art Museum
"Majewski fashioned the film from 33 video art pieces, each one a striking gem."
Barbara Scharres, Chicago Art Institute