Sundance Grant for Poles to Film David Bowie ‘Science-fiction Opera’
Agnieszka Smoczyńska and Robert Bolesto, creators of hit film The Lure, have received the prestigious Sundance Institute grant to start work on an unusual new project. Deranged, their forthcoming post-industrial science-fiction musical, will be inspired by David Bowie’s 1995 album 1. Outside.
Once a year, the Sundance Institute awards grants to some of the best filmmakers from all over the globe. The grants aim to support the most promising, unique and independent film projects at every stage of their creation – all the way through to distribution. Such a grant is a tremendous opportunity for filmmakers who are just starting out in the international arena.
With Deranged, Agnieszka Smoczyńska and Robert Bolesto want to create something entirely new and different – a new genre. It will not be their first somewhat whimsical project. Their debut, The Lure, was one of the most daring, jaw-dropping Polish films since the release of Marcin Krzyształowicz's Eucalyptus in 2001. In this coming-of-age story about the power of love, Smoczyńska also combines multiple genres, intertwining The Lure's romantic ballads with gory horror. The film received numerous awards worldwide, including the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design at Sundance and three prizes during the 36th International Film Festival Fantasporto. The Lure goes on general release in the US on 1st February 2017.
Smoczyńska and Bolesto’s so-called ‘science-fiction opera’ will be based on David Bowie’s experimental 1995 album 1. Outside which explored the possibility of a dystopian future. Bowie was one of the most original musicians of the 20th century, reaching international fame through his hit songs, unique voice and mannerisms, as well as his playfully androgynous stage persona. In 1976, he came to Warsaw during a stopover on his journey from Moscow to Paris, a visit that inspired the song Warszawa. He passed away in 2016.
Bowie was no stranger to unusual films himself. Fans of the late singer will no doubt be hoping Deranged becomes a fitting companion piece to his cult roles as the Goblin King in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and as Thomas Jerome Newton in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Source: film.wp.pl; edited by NR, 1 Feb 2017