WOJACZEK

Festivals:
Rotterdam, Berlin, Jerusalem, Rio de Janeiro, London, Mexico City, Montreal, Denver, Los Angeles, Corato, Trencianske Teplice, Klajpeda, Barcelona, The Hague, Karlovy Vary, Tromso, Paris, Buenos Aires, La Rochelle, Sao Paulo, Bratislava, Strasbourg, Dublin, Istanbul, Kopenhagen, New York, Philadelphia.

Awards:
Prix Don Quixote, Barcelona 2000
Best Actor Nomination, European Academy Awards, Paris 2000
Best European Film, Corato 2000
Grand Prix, Klajpeda 2000
Best Director, Best Cinematography, Trencianske Teplice 2000
Prix special, European Cinema Forum, Strasbourg, 2000
International Federation of Film Societies Prize, 2001


Starring
Krzysztof Siwczyk,
Dominika Ostałowska,
Andrzej Mastalerz

Screenplay
Lech Majewski,
Maciej Melecki

Production designer
Katarzyna Jarnuszkiewicz

Costumes
Małgorzata Zacharska

Director of photography
Adam Sikora

Editor
Eliot Ems

Producer
Henryk Romanowski

Director
Lech Majewski

A feature about Rafał Wojaczek, a rebelious poet who died prematurely, like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jim Morrison, in his twenties. Fueled by his selfdestructive life, his poetry made a lasting impression on generations of Poles. He drank and fought and walked through windows. Constantly attempting suicide he unsuccessfully hung himself and jumped from the third floor.
Confronting death on a daily basis, he tried to tame it. Loved by women, he cared for no one, not even himself, living desperado-style only for poetry. Conscious of the need for myth in the mythless reality of communist Poland, he burned his life as an offering.



"Superb and surprisingly witty. Wojaczek operates on a deadpan comic tone established by its achingly beautiful sense of visual composure. Excellent!"

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"The haunting new film by Lech Majewski, compounded by the striking visual style - 'Wojaczek' can linger on for months after seeing the film only once."

Ray Privett, Cinema Scope USA

"Black-and-white elegance… Continually laugh-out-loud biopic."

J. Hoberman, Village Voice



"Just as Wojaczek's nihilism has a core of passionate wit, so too does the movie presented at the New Directors/New Films at Museum of Modern Art… Gorgeously grim black and white, Mr. Majewski's camerawork has an almost classical austerity."

A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Lech Majewski's 'Wojaczek' creates a new style for a biopic - much more powerful and incisive than the traditional one."

Kerstin Decker, Der Tagesspiegel



"Painter/poet/filmmaker Lech Majewski directs ‚Wojaczek' with unswerving intensity."

Ray Murray, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema

"Lech Majewski's 'Wojaczek' is a virtuoso achievement!"

Doris Meirhenrich, Berlinale



"Critic's choice!"
Time Out London