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LIFE FEELS GOOD

CHCE SIE ZYC

  • Genre: DRAMA, TRUE STORY
  • Duration in minutes: 107 min.
  • Year of Production: 2013
  • Status: COMPLETED

Director(s)

MACIEJ PIEPRZYCA

Category

FEATURE FILM

Country(ies)

POLAND

Shooting Language

POLISH

Writer(s)

MACIEJ PIEPRZYCA

Producer(s)

TRAMWAY FILM STUDIO
CO-PRODUCED BY
SILESIA FILM, TVP S.A., MONTERNIA.PL
CO-FINANCED BY
POLISH FILM INSTITUTE

Cast

DAWID OGRODNIK
KAMIL TKACZ
DOROTA KOLAK
ARKADIUSZ JAKUBIK
KATARZYNA ZAWADZKA
ANNA NEHREBECKA

Cinematography

PAWEL DYLLUS

Film Editing

KRZYSZTOF SZPETMANSKI

Original Music

BARTOSZ CHAJDECKI

Production Design

JOANNA WÓJCIK

Synopsis

"Life Feels Good" is a film based on a true story. The story of Mateusz, a man suffering for cerebral palsy, who in his early childhood had been diagnosed as a retard with no contact with the outside world. After twenty five years it turned out that he was a perfectly normal and intelligent person.

The film is a chronicle of his life. We get to know Mateusz now, when he is 30 and is institutionalized at a clinic for mentally disabled. He is about to be examined by the board which is to judge whether he is normal or not.

During the retrospect we see his life from childhood in the early 80s to the present time and accompany him in sad, as well as in happy moments. We observe his attempts to prove that he is truly a normal person. We also get to know the love of his life - Anka. Naturally, he experiences the same, healthy emotions as others. We are with him when they send him to the clinic for mentally disabled. After many years, when he is already 26, due to a coincidence it turns out that the man who was considered a retard is perfectly normal, very intelligent and emotional.

Festivals and Awards

the Polish Film Awards 2014
Best Actor: Dawid Ogrodnik
Best Screenplay: Maciej Pieprzyca
Best Supporting Actor: Arkadiusz Jakubik
Best Supporting Actress: Anna Nehrebecka
Audience Award

World premiere
36th Festival des films du monde de MONTREAL – Canada – 22 Aug. / 03 Sept. 2013
Grand prix des Americas
Audience Award
Ecumenical Prize

38° GDYNIA Film Festival – Poland – 9/14 september 2013
Silver Lion
Audience Award
Crystal Star (awarded by ELLE) to the actor Dawid Ogrodnik
Apart Special award / Albert Riele to the actor Dawid Ogrodnik
Golden Claqueur of Radio Gdansk

49th CHICAGO Int. film festival – USA – 10/24 Nov. 2013
Silver Hugo in the New Directors Competition
Audience Choice Award for the Best Narrative English-Language Feature

37th São Paulo International Film Festival – Brazil – 18/31 Oct. 2013

11th TOFI FEST – Toru? – Poland 21/27 Oct. 2013
Audience Award

West Wind Moscow – Russia – 23/27 Oc.t 2013

44th International Film Festival of India – Goa – 20/30 Nov. 2013

11th Chennai International Film Festival – India – 12/19 Nov. 2013

Jameson Dublin International Film festival – Ireland – 13/23 Feb. 2014

Polish Cinema Festival – Brooklyn – USA – 19/23 Feb. 2014

38th Cleveland International Film festival – USA – 19/30 Feb. 2014
Winner of the George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition award (juried competition)

19th Vilnius International Film Festival – Estonia – 20 Mar. / 03 Apr. 2014

21st FebioFest – Czech Republic – 20/28 Mar. 2014

Saratoga Film Forum New York – USA – 03/07 Apr. 2014

Panorama Europe at Museum of the Moving Image New York – USA – 06 Apr. 2014

Cyprus Film Days – 04/13 Apr. 2014
14th GOEAST – Festival of central and eastern European Film Festival – Germany – 09/15 Apr. 2014

Film Polska Berlin – Germany – 23/30 Apr. 2014

10th Polish Film Festival New York – USA – 08/11 May 2014
The Elzbieta Czyszewska Award, in the Best Acting Category, to Dawid Ogrodnik for his incredible performance of a man in?icted with Cerebral Palsy
Awarded the Krzysztof Kieslowski Prize as the Best Film

European Film Festival Trinidad and Tobago – 14/27 May 2014

11th Seoul International Agape Film festival – South Korea – 22/30 May 2014

40th Seattle International Film Festival – USA – 15May / 08 June 2014

2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Actor (Dawid Ogrodnik)

54th Zlin Film Festival - International Film Festival for Children and Youth – Czech Republic – 30 May / 05 June 2014

Polish Film festival 2014 in Melbourne (31st May / 08 June) + Canberra (12/15 June) + Sydney (21/29 June) – Australia

The Golden Linden IFF of new European cinema - Stara Zagora – Bulgaria – June 2014

2nd Scarborough Film Festival Toronto – Canada – 03/08 June 2014

Cinetopia International Film Festival (Detroit + Ann Arbor) – USA – 04/08 June 2014

12th Brussels Film festival – Belgium – 06/14 June 2014

UNConvention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - 10/12 June 2014

16th Taipei International Film Festival – Taiwan – 27 June / 19 July 2014

5th VOICES Film Festival Vologda – Russia - 04/08 July 2014
Audience Prize Award

Fiuggi Family Festival – Italy – 19/26 July 2014

Isola del cinema – Festival Isola Mondo Rome – Italy – 25 July 2014

Leipzig Mkuntmess Film Festival – Germany – 15/19 Sept. 2014

Milwaukee Film Festival – USA – 25 Sept. / 09 Oct. 2014

Play Poland Film Festival – UK – 01 Oct. / 30 Nov. 2014

Cineast: Festival du film d’Europe Centrale et Orientale – Luxembourg – 09/26 Oct. 2014

Orcas island Film Festival – USA – 10/13 Oct. 2014

19th Schlingel Film Festival – Germany – 13/19 Oct. 2014

Polish Film Festival Seattle – USA – 17/18 Oct. 2014

MIFFECITO (special event Miami International Film Festival) – USA – 17/18 Oct. 2014

17th Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival – USA – 05/09 Nov. 2014

52nd Gijon International Film Festival – Spain – 21/29 Nov. 2014

 

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