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    MUSICAL CHAIRS

    We exist in times of fast life, fast food and fast and easy love. The fast love seems to be very attractive, in terms of seduction and sexual exchange, but it does not necessarily fulfill our psychological needs, at least not in the long run.
    On a Sunday morning Anka asks her boyfriend Janek to leave. He is completely surprised, but Anka doesn’t want to discuss it, and tells him to leave immediately.
    Janek has no idea where to go. When waiting for a street light to change, he wipes his forehead. An old car stops and its door opens. Surprised, Janek gets into the car. Marta, the girl driving it, seems very nervous if not desperate. Finally she confesses that her fiancé kicked her out of their place this morning. Thus the story begins. Out of the blue, the characters change their places, and with them, their relationships. What may at first seem like an irrational step provoques other moves. But after a while nothing is like before. When Anka or anybody else wants to reverse their decisions, it is no longer possible. This is because not only the positions but also the state of mind of others have changed in the meantime.
    This game of “musical chairs” between the figures, as in the children’s play, is only in part a comedy. It is also a way to show the characters in these specific moments in life when they need to question the meaning of their existence. The resulting discovery may often be surprising. Sometimes we need to be shaken by events outside of our control in order to understand that when we believe we love someone we find we only love ourselves. This is precisely what makes no sense and why life seems at times so desperately hopeless.

    Poland

    Jacek Gąsiorowski

    Film scriptwriter and director. He also works as a theater director. His achievements in theatre include: 1999 “The love is so simple” by Lars Noren in “Na Woli” Theater in Warsaw, 1995 “The Caretaker” by H. Pinter in Stary Theater in Cracow, 1989 “The emigrants” by S. Mrozek in “Theatre de la Veillee” in Montreal and “A walk in the woods” by L. Blessing in Powszechny Theater in Warsaw. He also directed “Theater fragments I & II” by S. Beckett in the Lucernaire Theater in Paris in 1983 and “Krapp’s last tape” by S. Beckett in Nowy Theater in Poznan in 1980.
    In the years 1988-90 he was professor in the Film Editing Department in the CERIS Film & Tv School in Chantuilly (France). In 1981 he received the main priize in the Polish State Television Script Competition for “Wessendorf GMBH”, later published by “DIALOG” a prestigious polish script & drama revue.

    Education:

    1978-81 Radio and Tv Department in Silesian State University (film direction)
    1975 Master of arts in Philosophy Department of Paris IV – Sorbonne
    1972 Master of arts in Polish Literature Department of Paris IV – Sorbonne
    1967-71 Studies in Polish Literature Department of Warsaw University.

    Filmography:

    Surfer’s time 2004/2005 (cinema feature) – director
    Na wspólnej 2003 -2005 (tv series) – creative producer
    Na wspólnej 2002 -2003 (tv series) – director
    Coming back 2001 (short) – director
    Les septs vies du docteur Laux (“Dr Laux seven lives”) 1999 (TV feature) – director
    Gardener’s dog 1998 (teleplay) – director
    Ilex Beller – an emmigre’s memory 1997 (documentary)
    A town 1997 (documentary)
    Toy shop 1996 (children tv theater)
    A propos of the announcement 1995 (children tv theater)
    Wittgenstein’s Nephew 1994 (tv theater) – director
    Escape 1992 (tv feature) – director, scriptwriter
    True West 1992 (tv theater) – director
    Tak Tak 1991 (cinema feature) – writer, director
    An Island 1991 (tv theater) – director
    A Removal 1990 (tv theater) – director
    Oh my God! 1989 (short) – director, scriptwriter
    E. Pinda, a karate champion 1988 (documentary)
    Observatory 1987 (documentary for the Videotheque of the City of Paris)
    Periph 1986 (documentary for the Videotheque of the City of Paris)
    Dog’s face 1984/85 (cinema feature) – director, scriptwriter; winner of the “French Cinema Perspectives” Competition at Cannes Film Festival 1985, Prize of the public for in the “Cinema & Music” film Festival in Aix en Provence.
    Danton 1982 – co-scriptwriter and Wajda’s assistant during the shooting.
    A false coin 1981 (tv theater) – director
    Help 1980 (short) – director, scriptwriter
    Krapp’s last tape 1979 (tv theater) – director

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