Selected and introduced by Lenny Abrahamson. Exceptional camerawork and an unerring eye for period detail are boldly on display in Jan P. Matuszyński’s disturbing biopic of one of Poland’s best known artists.

Beksiński is a family man who wants only the best for his loving wife Zofia and neurotic son Tomasz. Their relief is brief when he starts dating women and becomes a radio presenter and movie translator, and the concerned parents must be on constant watch to prevent their son from hurting himself. But Beksiński never believed that family life would always be sunshine and rainbows. As he tapes everything with his beloved camcorder, the 28-year Beksiński saga unfolds through paintings, near-death experiences, dance music trends and funerals… Based on the bizarre true story of the cult Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński.


Jan P Matuszynski recreates the real-life story of a fractious family living on a bleak Warsaw housing estate with incisive aplomb