The story of an outstanding Polish painter, Zdzisław Beksiński, and his complicated relationship with his son, Tomek, an extremely popular music journalist who suffered from depression and made numerous attempts to commit suicide. The film is a startling, sometimes shocking, sometimes moving family drama documentary which has been painstakingly reconstructed using audio recordings, film and photographs from the Beksińskis’ private archive, material that has never been made public in this form before. The screenplay is based on Magdalena Grzebałkowska’s best-selling biography ”The Beksińskis. A Double Portrait” (2014).

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 80
  • Year: 2017
  • Color: colour

Director: Marcin Borchardt

Script: Marcin Borchardt

Music: Marcin Dymiter

Editing: Dominik Jagodziński

Sound: Radosław Ochnio

Production company: Darek Dikti Biuro Pomysłów


About the director:

Marcin Borchardt

Marcin Borchardt

Marcin Borchardt – screen writer, director and film expert. He is a director of documentary films, commercials, video clips and television programmes. He teaches short fiction film aesthetics at the Film School in Gdynia, avant-garde and experimental cinema as well as contemporary documentary filmmaking at the University of Gdańsk. He is an author of the monograph “The Avant-Garde Music at the End of the 20th Century. The Beginners’ Guide” (2014).

2017 – THE BEKSIŃSKIS. A Sound and Picture Album
2016 – Resonances II
2014 – Stories Over the Borders
2014 – Resonances I
2013 – Open Gallery. Metal Sculptures
2010 – Jerzy Skolimowski is Watching "Identification Marks: None" 
2009 – Janusz Morgenstern is Watching "Goodbye, Till Tomorrow…"
2008 – Andrzej Wajda is Watching "Ashes and Diamonds”
2008 – Chronicle 32

At festivals:

57. Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2017 (Special Mention)

The FilmFestival Cottbus, Germany, 2017 (competition)

Trieste FF, Italy, 2018 (competition)

Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden, 2018 (screening)

25th Hot Docs, Canada, 2018 (competition)

2nd Docu-Mental Film Festival, Russia, 2018 (competition)

Escales Documentaiers, France, 2018 (screening)

Slamdance Film Festival 2019, USA, 2019 (competition)