"The Last Family" in Cinemas in France

Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family), a film by Jan P. Matuszyński co-financed by the Polish Film Institute was released theatrically in France on January 17.

Premiere in France

Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family), a film by Jan P. Matuszyński was released theatrically in France on January 17. Distribution is handled by Potemkine Films. The film will be released under the English title The Last Family. The French premiere is announced by the legendary film magazine Cahiers Du Cinéma. 

Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family) was also released theatrically in the Czech Republic, Lithuania Hungary and Sweden. 

The French pressbook of the film is available at: potemkine.fr.

The Story of the Beksiński Family

Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family). Photo by Hubert Komerski

Jan P. Matuszyński’s Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family) tells the story of the Beksiński family, beginning in 1977 when Tomek Beksiński moves out of the family home into his own flat. His parents live next door, in the same area, which is why they remain close. Tomek’s oversensitive personality results in his mother Zofia constantly worrying about him. At the same time his father Zdzisław Beksiński tries to dedicate himself to his art. After Tomek’s first suicide attempt, Zdzisław and Zofia must fight not only for their son, but also to regain control over their lives. When Zdzisław signs a contract with Piotr Dmochowski, an arts dealer based in France, and Tomek starts a job at the Polish Radio, it seems that the worst is behind them. But the series of strange and fateful events is just beginning.

The Last Family. Interview with the creators. Transcription (.rtf file)

Feature debut supported by the Polish Film Institute

Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family) was written by Robert Bolesto and lensed by Kacper Fertacz. The film stars Andrzej Seweryn as Zdzisław Beksiński), Dawid Ogrodnik as Tomasz Beksiński, and Aleksandra Konieczna as Zofia Beksińska. Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family) was produced by Aurum Film, co-produced by HBO Polska, Lightcraft and the Mazovia Film Fund, and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

The World Premiere in Locarno

The film had its world premiere at the 69th Locarno International Film Festival and screened in Main Competition. Andrzej Seweryn received the Best Actor Award for his performance as Zdzisław Beksiński. The film enjoyed positive reviews by international film critics. The film’s Polish premiere took place at the 41st Gdynia Film Festival in Main Competition. The film won the festival and received awards: Golden Lions Grand Prize for Best Film, Award for Best Actor (Andrzej Seweryn), Award for Best Actress (Aleksandra Konieczna) and also Audience Award, Journalists Award. Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family) was screened and received awards at many international and Polish film festivals in Kyiv, Warsaw, Chicago, Cottbus, Denver and Krakow, Rotterdam. 

In January 2018 Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family) will be screened in Anthology Film Archives in New York. 

Marta Sikorska