DRAWN FROM MEMORY (30’, Poland, 2011)

 

Questioning the border between reality and fiction, DRAWN FROM MEMORY is a mesmerizing self reflexive short, which innovatively explores the „film inside the film” technique. A young filmmaking student sets to make a film about his grandmother, who always wanted to be a horror film actress. The grandson reconstructs famous scenes from classics such as THE BIRDS, PSYCHO and ROSEMARY’S BABY, starring his grandmother in the main roles. Meanwhile, her Alzheimer advances, making her acting impossible. A strikingly personal story, the film becomes the filmmaker’s love letter to his grandmother and also to cinema itself.

Director: MARCIN BORTKIEWICZ

 

Cast: IRENA JUN, MALGORZTA ZAJACZCOWSKA, MAREK KANTYKA

Screenplay: MARCIN BORTKIEWICZ

Cinematography: MALTE ROSENFELD

Editing: PIOTR MENDELOVSKI

Music: MAREK CZERNIEWICZ

Producer: SEBASTIAN PETRYK

Production: MUNK STUDIO , POLISH FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION



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Director's contact: bortekm[at]gmail[dot]com

 

MARCIN BORTKIEWICZ, film and theatre director, dramatist, screenwriter and actor, was born in Słupsk in 1976. A graduate of the University of Gdańsk and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, his theatre work to date has encompassed theatres like: Theatre Rondo, Słupsk, the Wojciech Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz, etc. His latest premiere, SUPER SUSAN, with Ewa Kasprzyk, took place on 12th March 2011 in Warsaw’s Kamienica Theatre. He has written and directed a number of non-fiction shorts, namely SILENCE, THE RULES OF THE GAME, CAT TRAIL, FROM THE DIARY OF A YOUNG FILMMAKER. His debut short non-fiction film, EARLY LEARNING received an Honourable Mention from the jury of the 2009 Krakow Film Festival.

 

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2012 / New Horizons Wroclaw Poland 2011 / Main Prize of the Independent Short Film Competition - Two Riversides IFF Poland 2011

 

“The film starts with three characters (mother, grandson and grandmother) looking at the camera and it gives the audience the feeling of watching a homemade amateur video. […] Then, grandson and grandmother start to re-enact memorable scenes from classic films. The most famous scenes from films such as The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby and Psycho are recreated by recreating the same mise-en-scene and the setting of the original ones.[…]The whole film becomes a love letter to the grandmother and also to cinema itself, signed by the filmmaker.” (Ali Deniz, Nisimazine)

 

“The film in film technique becomes an innovative experimental tool, which makes the story strikingly personal: as the grandmother gets affected by Alzheimer, she cannot act anymore as the initial plan of the young filmmaker was. The mission of the unfinished film seems now to become a new perspective about the core of filmmaking: what dimension honestly represents the inner-self of a multi-faceted human being in a film? The answer aims to reflect the real thelos (purpose) of cinema, which seems, after all, to portray a human being in its complexity, not solely as a fictional tool in the omniscient arms of a storyteller.” (Ioana Mischie, BIEFF 2012)

 

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