Imagine: watching with closed eyes
- Kino Swiat today launches the new film by talented director Andrzej Jakimowski, starring Edward Hogg and Alexandra Maria Lara
With Tricks [+see also:
interview: Andrzej Jakimowski
interview: Tomasz Gąssowski
film profile] (which drew attention in the Venice Days 2007) and Squint your Eyes (2003), Andrzej Jakimowski convinced both critics and the public of his talent as a filmmaker who knows how to extricate metaphysics from the most ordinary daily events. He demonstrates this ability once again with even more conviction in Imagine [+see also:
film profile], his new opus, launched today on Polish screens by Kino Swiat International.
The film’s main protagonist is Ian (English actor Edward Hogg, particularly noticed in Anonymous [+see also:
interview: Rhys Ifans
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film profile] and Bunny and the Bull [+see also:
film profile]), an instructor in spatial orientation who arrives in a renowned ophthalmic clinic in Lisbon where he is to pilot a new kind of therapy. Amongst his blind patients, he meets Eva (the German actress of Romanian origin Alexandra Maria Lara, recently appreciated in Lullaby Ride [+see also:
interview: Christoph Schaub
film profile]), a young woman who hides her handicap. Ian follows methods that cause controversy amongst the clinic’s team members, but wins the trust of his patients.
Seen as a tribute to the power of human imagination, the film is particularly remarkable from the point of view of the acting. At the last Warsaw festival, where Imagine won the Best Director Award and the Public’s Prize, Andrzej Jakimowski emphasized the impact of the casting (mainly composed of British and Portuguese actors): “After the first screenings, I realized to what an extent the acting was perceived positively: many spectators were convinced that the main actors were actually the people they were playing.”
(Translated from French)
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