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Film New Europe: Stuhr duo stars in Mystification

Źródło: Film New Europe
Autor: Katarzyna Grynienko

Father and son Jerzy and Maciej Stuhr will appear in Mystification, a film about the mysterious "supposed" death of Polish artist Stanisław "Witkacy" Witkiewicz.

The movie explores the controversial case of a suicide committed by the Polish artist in 1939, which was frequently disputed due to several pieces of mystifying evidence. In 1988 an exhumation proved that the supposed body of the painter and writer was replaced by the remains of a 30-year-old woman, and several new works of art contributed to Witkacy, as well as letters dated after his death, kept appearing over the years.

Jacek Koprowicz, the director and author of the script, sets his movie in 1968 when a student discovers a sensational lead that could expose the truth about the artist's death. The young researcher is played by Maciej Stuhr, awarded in 2008 with the Leszek Cybluski Prize for the best young actor, co-stars with his father Jerzy Stuhr, one of Poland's most accomplished actors and directors, playing Witkiewicz.

The movie is produced by Yeti Films ( in co-production with the title's distributor Syrena Films ( as well as companies Piramida Film, Film Factory and Hydra Film. "The shoot started on 15th of April and will continue to May 25 in Cracow, Zakopane and Warsaw," Paulina Młynarska from Syrena Films told FNE. "The total budget has not been finalized yet. The film is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute ( with a 3 million PLN (€670,000)  grant."

The Polish premiere of the picture is planed for the Fall 2009.

22 April 2009       By Katarzyna Grynienko

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