Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Special Mention 2015
The Man With The Magic Box
In a not so distant dystopian future, Adam moves into an old apartment block and finds himself time-travelling to the 1950’s by listening to a strange radio he discovers in a closet. What starts as a hallucination or dream becomes a politically subversive reality that threatens his 2027 existence.
A Noir style movie.
Year 2027, beginning of the “Middle ages of the 21st century”.
PROTAGONIST moves from the suburbs to downtown. Protagonist’s main activity is going to work that is located in a office building. He’s trying to seduce a beautiful GIRL who works there.
He finds an old radio from the 50’s. During one sleepless night he listens to this radio suprised that he can hear music from 1958 only. He suspects that he discovered a special wormhole. It becomes his obsession and he buys old radio and tv sets. Nevertheless he invites GIRL to his apartment. She sleeps with him because she is impressed by his hobby.
On the very next day the police appears in the office and interviews the Protagonist due to the mysterious death of the Girl. He comes back home devastated and he discovers he was robbed completely. He gets drunk in a bar where a GREYHAIRED stranger tells him to quit his hobby…
Protagonist comes back to his apartment where everything is in its place including radio and tv sets but their internal mechanisms have been removed. He is told that he has to move out because the building will be torn down.
He hides in the building where he witnesses the installment of modern equipment and sees “the crossing of two parallel worlds”. He gets caught and brought around to the Greyhaired stranger who explains that they will try to transfer a few of his agents to 1958.
After the impressive experiment Protagonist gets killed…
He wakes up in a fever in his apartment. Girl took care of him when he was unconscious. Protagonist thinks he went insane.
He goes to the office, the world looks the same but in the place of the building he sees an old park with 200 year old oaks…
He is a Polish happener, director, actor and screenwriter, graduated from journalism. He is considered one of the most interesting and original representatives of the Polish independent cinema. He played in many cult films of this genre (including SATURDAY NIGHT SORE and NOSEBLEED), which made him the icon of the Polish OFF cinema and brought numerous awards, including OFFscar for the role of Pablo in Nosebleed (2005) and Jury Award for Wasteland and Homo Father in the Independent Cinema Competition at 30th Gdynia Film Festival. His films are characteristic for black and often very unique humour. He directed a short film MARCO P. and the BIKE THIEVES (2005), which has been highly acclaimed at prestigious festivals and retrospectives of independent cinema.
Bodo’s is most know for his last film THE GIRL FROM THE WARDROBE (2012), 89 min.
2014 ROME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIWAL- BEST FOREIGN FILM
2013 TOFFIFEST GOLDEN ANGEL
2013 FILMFESTIVAL COTTBUS DEBUT FILM AWARD
2013 POLISH FILM FESTIWAL CHICAGO YOUNG TALENT AWARD
2013 CAMERIMAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX POLISH MOVIES
2013 ARRAS FILM FESTIVAL – SLIVER ATLAS
2013 ARRAS FILM FESTIVAL – JOUNG JURY AWARD
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