Director: Maciej Pieprzyca
Cast: Dawid Ogrodnik, Dorota Kolak, Arkadiusz Jakubik
Poland; 112’, 2013, color
Polish with Turkish subtitles
Life Feels Good is a film based on a true story. The story of Mateusz, a man suffering for cerebral palsy, who in his early childhood had been diagnosed as a retard with no contact with the outside world. After twenty five years it turned out that he was a perfectly normal and intelligent person. It's already rather an impressive haul for what will strike many as a rather old-fashioned treatment of disability issues, albeit one which might be seen at home as groundbreaking and even brave in terms of Polish mainstream cinema. Attitudes to the physically and mentally challenged were, the movie informs us, even more unenlightened in the eighties, nineties and early 2000s, the period when protagonist Mateusz - played as a child by Kamil Tcakz and as an adult by Dawid Ogrodnik - was growing up.
Among the most interesting themes in the oeuvre of Prassinos are cypresses, trees, and Turkish landscapes. The cypress woods in Üsküdar he saw every time he stepped out on the terrace of their house in İstanbul or the trees in Petits Champs must have been strong images of childhood for Prassinos.
Nam June Paik was video art’s pioneer (1932 –2006). It is interesting that while Warhol and Nameth were experimenting with psychedelic happenings that combined rock, film and performance, the video art pioneers Nam June Paik, Stephen Beck, Eric Siegel and Steina Vasulka were researching in a similar direction.
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