"Life Feels Good" in Italian Cinemas

Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good), a film directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, was released theatrically in Italy on March 12. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Italian Premiere

Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good) was released theatrically in Italy on March, 12. Distribution in Italy is handled by Draka Distribution. Italian title of the film is Io sono Mateusz. Before Italy Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good) was released theatrically in Hungary and Japan. 

Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good)

Inspired by true events, Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good), is the touching, optimistic and humorous story of Mateusz who, despite his extreme difficulties in communicating with the outside world, manages to prove how much the human spirit is really capable of. The lead role was played by Dawid Ogrodnik, with supporting performances by Dorota Kolak, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Anna Nehrebecka, and Katarzyna Zawadzka.

A Great Performance by Kamil Tkacz

The role of the film’s protagonist Mateusz as a child was played by eleven-year-old non-professional actor Kamil Tkacz. Kamil (who, along with his twin brother Andrzej, also played the lead role in Lauf Junge lauf by German director Pepe Danquart) prepared for the role of Mateusz by rehearsing with acclaimed mime Bartłomiej Ostapczuk.

A Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute

The film was written and directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, lensed by Paweł Dyllus, while the score was composed by Bartosz Chajdecki. Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good) was produced by Studio Filmowe Tramway and co-produced by Telewizja Polska S.A., Instytucja Filmowa Silesia Film, and Monternia.Pl. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Awards in Montreal and Gdynia

Maciej Pieprzyca’s latest film had its world premiere at the 37th World Film Festival in Montreal, winning the festival’s Grand Prix, the award of the Ecumenical Jury, and the Audience Award. At the 38th Gdynia Film Festival, Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good) received the Silver Lions award and the Radio Gdańsk Award for the film with the longest applause. Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good) was released theatrically in Poland on October 11, 2013. Distribution in Poland is handled by Kino Świat.

Paulina Bez