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From the Inside

Cezary Grzesiuk, Tomasz Szwan, Krystian Kamiński
Z wnętrza
Poland 2019 / 90’
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First, there was a 45-minute film called From Inside from 2013 that was screened for the public just once, in Sanok, the Beksińskis’ hometown. Cezary Grzesiuk and Tomasz Szwan made it from dozens of hours of recordings made by artist Zdzisław Beksiński. After the premiere, it turned out that there was over 300 hours more of video recordings of the famous family. They had to start over. So much intriguing material was found that it would have been enough for a multi-episode series (which was actually planned). In the end, a full-length film was made instead. We get a firsthand look at the private life of the Beksińskis. All three of them did some of the filming, and they did it intuitively and without compromise, including in moments that should rather have been kept private, such as the death of the doyenne of the family, the stormy and, at times, desperate negotiations with art dealer Piotr Dmochowski, and family disagreements. In their most difficult moments, the Beksińskis were not troubled by the camera, which enables us to penetrate deeper into their extraordinary everyday lives.

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Cezary Grzesiuk

Born in 1963, Cezary Grzesiuk is a Polish editor, as well as a film producer and director. He is the owner of the Blue Dream Film studio and a lecturer at Krakow’s AMA Film Academy. In addition to regular collaboration with Andrzej Jakimowski, he has also worked with, among others, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Jan Kidawa-Błoński and Jerzy Skolimowski. He has won numerous awards, including for editing at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia for The Haven (1997), by Jan Hryniak, and for With Fire and Sword (1999), by Jerzy Hoffman. In 2016, he was awarded a bronze Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture.

Selected filmography

1996 Nie ma przebaczenia / No Forgiveness

2004 Moje życie dla niego / My Life for Him

2011 Szerokie oko / Wide Eye

2014 Metr od świętości / One Meter of Holiness

2018 Niebieskie chachary / Blue Skallywags

Tomasz Szwan

Inhabitant of Sanok. Graduated in law from University of Rzeszów. In 2009 he came up with an idea for Love Never Dies festival - an event to commemorate Tomasz Beksinski. Making a short documentary Doctor Jimmy was a part of the event with Tomasz Szwan as a co-director. The film had a screening at the 50th Cracow Film Festival. He was actively involved in such projects devoted to the Beksinski family as the two biographies Beksińscy. Portret podwójny by Magdalena Grzebałkowska and Tomek Beksiński. Portet prawdziwy by Wiesław Weissas well as the feature film The Last Family by Jan P. Matuszyński.

Selected filmography

2019 Z wnętrza / From the Inside

Krystian Kamiński

He graduated film direction from the faculty of Radio and Television in Silesia University.
In 2005-2007 he took part in Film Kindergarden classes organised by Andrew Wajda Movie Direction Master School during which movie Cold shown on 7th New Horizons IFF was made. In 2015 he finished documentary Little Big Team also shown on a few film festivals like: Docs Against Gravity or Krakow Film Festival. 3 years later Krystian was involved in work on next documentary Blue Scallywags as co-director and co-screenwriter. This movie went to several festivals as well such as: 34th Warsaw Film Festival, 9 Energa Cmaermage or 25 Minsk IFF "Listopad".

Selected filmography

2015 Biało czerwoni z Chrząstawy 

2019 Z wnętrza / From the Inside

Cast & Crew

director Cezary Grzesiuk, Tomasz Szwan, Krystian Kamiński
screenplay Cezary Grzesiuk, Krystian Kamiński
cinematography Zdzisław Beksiński, Zofia Beksińska, Tomasz Beksiński
editing Cezary Grzesiuk
music Rafał Rozmus
cast Zdzisław Beksiński, Zofia Beksińska, Tomasz Beksiński
producer Cezary Grzesiuk
production Blue Dream Film
sales Cezary Grzesiuk
language Polish
colouration colour