Life Feels Good Is Feeling Good
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Maciej Pieprzyca’s film Chce się żyć / Life Feels Good has won the Grand Prix des Amériques and the first prize at the 37th International Film Festival in Montreal. The picture was also awarded the Ecumenical Jury Prize and the Audience Award.
Dorota Kolak and Dawid Ogrodnik in a scene from Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good) direceted by Maciej Pieprzyca, photo: Paweł Dyllus / Tramway Film Studio
Life Feels Good is a movie inspired by true events. It tells a moving, humorous story of Mathew, a disabled person. Upon delivery, Mathew was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and the doctors claimed he would live life in a vegetative state. However, his parents never accepted the diagnosis and believed that in spite of problems with communication, their son would develop mentally.
Mathew grows up surrounded by care and love - then ends up in a specialist centre after many years. Far away from his loved ones, he must fight for dignity and the right to a normal life. The situation changes dramatically when a young volunteer comes to the facility, and Mathew tries to get the attention of a doctor working with experimental forms of treatment.
Dawid Ogrodnik’s Outstanding Performance
The lead in Life Feels Good is performed by Dawid Ogrodnik. He shares the screen with Dorota Kolak, a discovery in Polish cinema with a record of excellent performances that includes her role in Dzień kobiet / Woman’s Day, directed by Maria Sadowskiej. Appearing with them will be Arkadiusz Jakubik, Anna Nehrembecka and Katarzyna Zawadzka.
Ogrodnik’s performance caused a sensation at the Montreal festival and is being compared to the Oscar-winning performance by Daniel-Day Lewis in My Left Foot. In preparation for his role as a disabled boy, Ogrodnik spent months learning to use a wheelchair so that he could understand the limits of physical disability.
Roles of disabled boys have recently been acclaimed in Polish theatre, including TR Warszawa's production of Nietoperz / The Bat, directed by Kornél Mundruczó and based on the Strauss opera Die Fledermaus. Ogrodnik is sure to be acclaimed this autumn on the Polish cinema scene - in addition to his lead role in Life Feels Good, he will be featured in Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski.
Life Feels Good was written and directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, with Paweł Dyllus as the director of photography and music composed by Bartosz Chajdecki. The film was produced by Tramway Studio and TVP.
Polish film and the Montreal Film Festival
Montreal’s Film Festival is one of the most important and prestigious festivals in North America. Its purpose it to promote cultural diversity and encourage young artists. The 37th edition of the International Film Festival in Montreal was held from the 22nd of August 22 to the 2nd of September. Life Feels Good joins recent Polish films awarded in Canada. Zdjęcie / Pictures by Maciej Adamek was awarded the Silver Zenith in Montreal in 2012, and a year before, Borys Szyc won Best Actor for his role in Kret / The Mole, directed by Rafael Lewandowski. Czarny czwartek. Janek Wiśniewski padł / Black Thursday, directed by Antoni Krauze, was awarded the FIPRESCI prize. The special Jury Prize in 2010 was presented to Jan Jakub Kolski for his outstanding artistic achievement in directing the film Wenecja / Venice.
life feels good
The Canadian festival’s screening of Life Feels Good was the film's world premier. It is shown in Poland in September as a part of the main competition round during the 38th annual Gdynia Film Festival. The film will be released in Polish cinemas on the 11th of October, distributed by Kino Świat. The text that Life Feels Good is based on will be published on the 4th of September the publisher W.A.B. in Warsaw.
Sources: PAP, Portal Filmowy, PISF, own sources, author: BS. 03/09/2013
Translation: SMG 03/09/2013