Jerzy Maksymiuk. A conductor, a composer, a pianist. At 80 fully active or – to many – excessively active. Demanding of himself and others, never slowing down, merciless to poor performers, still fascinated by music and focused on his scores till it borders madness. Loved by the eminent, but irritating to and disliked by hack musicians. Privately, he continues to be a lad from the small-town wooden house. A charismatic “maestro” admired in London, Glasgow and Paris, totally helpless in everyday life without his wife’s assistance and direction.

The film being shot in Poland, England, Scotland and France will depict him at work with outstanding musicians and orchestras, also during composing his music.

We will accompany the main character in his surprising journey in search of the fundamental definitions of music is and how it affects us. We will also get to know an artist who is tremendously “private”. This second portrait, full of colorful episodes, little weaknesses, but also compulsions sometimes bordering the mental norm, will illustrate one of the most extreme versions of an artist’s fate.

The one in which an outstanding talent is paid for with loneliness in the ordinary “normative” world. His wife – Ewa – is a character of equal importance as she, although not sharing his gift, is absolutely indispensible for him, being a condition on which his art and existence are contingent. A story of great passion and talent, and an even greater price paid for that talent.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 75
  • Year: 2018
  • Color: kolorowy

Director: Tomasz Drozdowicz

Script: Maria Nockowska

DOP: Andrzej Wojciechowski

Editing: Tomasz Drozdowicz

Production company: Studio Filmowe „Autograf”


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About the director:

Tomasz Drozdowicz

Tomasz Drozdowicz

He majored in Film Direction at the Film and Television Department of the University of Silesia in Katowice. He has produced documentaries (e.g. Znaki Pokuty, Nazukos czyli z biegiem Sprząśli, Dom wielki jak zamek, Potrójny Hamlet w Elsynorze, Świat według Lema, Kolba, na szczęście!, Zupa na puentach), video clips, television series and shows, as well as television plays. He made his feature debut as the director and producer of “Fur”, co-produced by Poland and Germany, which was screened in cinemas in April 2008.

At festivals:

58th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2018 (competition)

34th Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, 2018 (screening)

Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland, 2018 (screening)

FIPA DOC, France, 2019 (competition)