1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

3 by Lukasz Konopa

Beguiled Cinema presents 3 Documentaries by Lukasz Konopa

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Saturday, November 1st at 7:00 pm, $7-10

Polish-born, London-based filmmaker Lukasz Konopa displays an assured dramatic sensibility while employing carefully arranged compositions that invite comparisons to still photography. Reminiscent of the films of Austrian director Ulrich Seidl (IMPORT/EXPORT, the PARADISE trilogy), these three short documentaries approach familiar subjects with a wry, sympathetic perspective that makes us feel as though we’re seeing them for the first time. Konopa makes expert use of digital video to create a visual aesthetic that’s uniquely his own. His images are crystal clear, yet not at all flat, thanks to his expressive handling of natural light–they honor the complexity of real life. Konopa’s storytelling is similarly rich, as his films are at once subtly funny and achingly sad. “Sometimes I think of myself as an alien observing human beings,” Konopa recently remarked while discussing his work at the Chicago International Film Festival. To poignant effect, his films alert us to our distance from what we’re observing and remind us how strange and surprising life can be.

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