A film director born on 23 April 1984 in Katowice. He is a laureate of Golden Lions for directing The Last Family.
In 2010, he completed the documentary course at Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, while two years later defended a diploma at the directing faculty at Katowice Film School.
The director was spotted along with his first short film Razem (Together) with Olga Bołądź and Redbad Klynstra (2006) which was screened at the Film and Artistic Festival 'Lato Filmów' in Toruń. A year older Myjnia (Car Wash) brought him the Jan Machulski Polish Independent Cinema Prize in the best director category and the Grand Prix at the Polish Short Film Festival Short Waves. His further fictional short films – 15 lat milczenia (15 Years of Silence, 2007), about a mime study group, Wiem kto to zrobił (I Know Who Did It, 2008) and the psychological drama Afterparty (2009) – only proved versatile style and great workshop of the young director. Offline (2012), which was created within the framework of the '30min' program, explored the contemporarily important theme of online dating and false identities in the Internet.
An interesting theme was brought up by Matuszyński in his first tv documentary – the protagonists of Amisze znad Wisły (Amishes from Above Vistula, 2010) is an American pair which belonging to the titular Christian congregation, decided to come to Poland a dozen or so years ago. Niebo (Heaven, 2011) was realised within the framework of the First Documentary program; it tells a story of a critically ill man who finds sense in his life in writing icons. Great passion which can overshadow every physical weakness came back as a subject of Deep Love (2013) which was awarded at the Kraków Film Festival and the MFF in Moscow. The film talks about a 50-year-old diver who looses his fitness in effect of a stroke. The paralysed man dreams of coming back into water, his girlfriend helps him to recover and contact the world.
Matuszyński's next professional step was largely motivated by his family situation:
About three years ago, shortly after the premiere of my first film entitled Deep Love, my son was born. With my wife being pregnant, I thought about creating a film about family relations. Beksińscy answered my needs and Robert Bolesta's script got into my hands in the right time (Onet.pl, 21.9.2016).
The choice of the script came out to be a great success. The Last Family is among the most important Polish films of 2016. The film launched its path of glory in Locarno where Andrzej Seweryn received a Prize for Best Performance. In following months, the film triumphed in Chicago, Kiev and Gdynia where Matuszyński received the Grand Prix, Audience Award and Journalists Award.
From the very beginning of his film career, Matuszyński has collaborated with the cinematographer Kacper Fertacz who was awarded the Main Prize at the Polish Films Competition at the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE in Bydgoszcz and the prize for cinematography at the Chicago International Film Festival.
When thinking about the essence of cinema, the young director evokes words stated by one of his masters:
Krzysztof Kieślowski used to say that if we face an issue which is indescribable in one simple sentence, we may be facing a subject for a film. This is the case here. This is, in my opinion, the essence of cinema: to show something that looses its magic when being put into words.
- 2006 – Razem (Together, short film at school)
- 2007 – Myjnia (Car Wash, short film at school), 15 lat milczenia (15 Years of Silence, short film at school)
- 2008 – Wiem, kto to zrobił (I Know Who Did It, short film at school)
- 2009 – Afterparty (short film at school)
- 2010 – Amisze znad Wisły (Amishes from Above Vistula, documentary)
- 2011 – Niebo (Heaven, documentary)
- 2012 – Offline (short fiction film)
- 2013 – Deep Love (documentary)
- 2016 – Ostatnia rodzina (The Last Family, fiction)
Author: Natalia Mętrak-Ruda, December 2016, translated by AW, January 2017