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Given

Wojciech Puś
Poland 2011 / 85’

A phantom crime story in which countless ribbons of possibilities and subplots create a thick labyrinth of meanings, while the visual side is just orgiastic to the eye. Given is part of the project which the director, who is also a visual artist, has been carrying out for the last few years using different media (film, light installations, neon lights, soundtrack, field recordings). This story teeming with phantasms and speculations was inspired by an event which electrified the media and public opinion in 2006: the abduction of four-year-old Madeleine McCann in the Luz tourist resort in Portugal. Given is a story about the butterfly effect, about the teleportation of themes and reincarnation of motifs in a world craving for ‘sensations’ and ‘news’ and always looking out for new celebrities, says the director. In fact, we want this story to keep going forever. Whether Madeleine is dead or alive, all we care about is that she is never found. So that we can continue asking for the thousandth time, Did she fall? Or was she pushed? The story, made in chapters maintained in various cinematic conventions, is a series of speculations which provide us only with the illusion of approaching the coveted moment of solving the mystery.

Wojciech Puś

He was born in 1978; he lives and works in Łódź. Visual artist who works with light, video and film. In 2004 he graduated from the Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź (PWSFTviT) where he studied at the Cinematography Department. In his films he joins cinematic visuality with sound, implying to the spectator, by the use of soundtrack and editing, that there is the possibility of a non-existent plot. His light objects/installations and video installations refer to the subject of cinema and imitations of rhythms and natural phenomena.

Filmography

2008 Instant

2011 Given

Cast & Crew

director Wojciech Puś
screenplay Wojciech Puś
cinematography Wojciech Puś
editing Wojciech Puś
music Wojciech Puś
cast Ewa Skibińska, Mariusz Bonaszewski, Miłosz Gałaj
producer Wojciech Puś
sales Wojciech Puś
language English
colouration colour & b&w