The Performer

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    The Performer

    Performer

    Directed by

    • Maciej Sobieszczański, Lukasz Ronduda

    Poland

    2015

    63 min

    • Polish

    Docufiction

     

    Oskar Dawicki is one of Poland’s most interesting postconceptual artists. For many years, he has been searching, through his art, for an answer to the question of whether he actually exists. He has carried out a number of projects in which he has allowed others to describe him, e.g., hiring a private detective to follow him and then write a report about him. THE PERFORMER is his latest attempt to answer this fundamental question, and it is also a film about the structure of an exhibition, except that Oscar’s performances are connected by a story or emotions, unlike an exhibition in a gallery, where the connections are found in the space used or in the curatorial discourse. This is a hybrid that adopts the form of a feature film in the style of a biopic of great artists. The directors play with clichés, such as the figure of the romantic artist (in this case Dawicki as himself), the collector (James Gierszał), a gallery owner (Agata Buzek), or a friendly rival (Andrew Chyra). Instead of painting them, however, they are described through performance art.

    Awards

    • THINK:FILM Award - Berlin IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Oskar Dawicki
    Agata Buzek
    Andrzej Chyra
    Zbigniew Warpechowski
    Anda Rottenberg
    Jakub Gierszał
    Arkadiusz Jakubik
    Katarzyna Zawadzka
    Screenplay
    Łukasz Ronduda
    Maciej Sobieszczański
    Cinematography
    Lukasz Gutt
    Editing
    Rafał Listopad
    Mateusz Romaszkan
    Music
    Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz
    Production
    WAJDA STUDIO
    Maciej Sobieszczański

    Maciej Sobieszczański

    Poland

    Maciej Sobieszczański is a screenwriter, playwright and director. Expert of the Polish Film Institute. Lecturer of the Development Lab feature film programme and of the new Screenwriting Programme of Wajda School entitled ‘SCRIPT’ and also a lecturer at the Screenwriting Department at the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. He was a finalist of the Hartley - Merrill (now SCRIPT PRO) competition. He is the writer of THE SIMPLE STORY ABOUT LOVE for which its director Arkadiusz Jakubik was awarded the Grand Prix at Gdynia FF. The film was recognised as one of the best titles of 2011 in Poland. In the same year, Sobieszczański debuted as a director of BIRTHDAY, the adaptation of Etgar Keret’s short story “The Champion of the World”. The short feature film was shown at many festivals, including the Gdynia FF, Warsaw Film Festival and the “Etiuda&Anima” festival in Krakow.

    Łukasz Ronduda

    Łukasz Ronduda

    Poland

    Łukasz Ronduda is an author, researcher, scriptwriter and director. In his artistic pursuit he focuses on the interface between contemporary art and cinema. Curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Researcher and expert on experimental film. Graduate of the Wajda School programmes for directors and for scriptwriters. Producer of many films by the most notable Polish artists. Originator of the film award for production of a feature film for a visual artist, awarded by the Polish Film Institute and MoMA in Warsaw. Author of the novel “Half Empty” (2011) whose main hero is Oskar Dawicki. Author of a number of exhibitions in some of the most prestigious locations around the world, including London’s Tate Modern, Anthology Film Archives of New York, Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, the MACBA in Barcelona. He has recently been the curator of such important exhibitions as New National Art (MoMA, Warsaw, 2012), As You Can See. Polish Art Today (MoMA, Warsaw 2014), Oskar Hansen. Open Form in Architecture, Art and Didactic (MACBA, Barcelona, 2014; Seralves, Porto, 2015).

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