Life Feels Good (Chce się żyć)


Year: 2013
Country: Poland
Run Time: 107 minutes

As long as he's been alive, Matuesz has heard people call him a vegetable. Crippled by cerebral palsy and unable to speak, he's been labeled mentally disabled. His parents hold out hope that he can understand them, but doctors refuse to believe he's an intelligent being. Most of them suggest he be put in a home. One even compares him to her dog. The experts are wrong, though—Matuesz thinks and feels like anyone else. For him, every day is a mission to be understood; another opportunity to prove 'em all wrong. Based on a true story, LIFE FEELS GOOD is an unbelievable testament to the endurance of the human spirit. As the years go by, and the support of his family begins to dwindle, Matuesz keeps pushing, never giving up hope that one day he'll finally be heard. Featuring breakout performances from Kamil Tkacz and Dawid Ogrodnik, LIFE FEELS GOOD is a profound tale of perseverance that underscores the true importance of human communication. (In Polish with subtitles) —E.F.

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Recommended for Middle School +

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition

Maciej Pieprzyca

Wieslaw Lysakowski

Maciej Pieprzyca

Pawel Dyllus

Krzysztof Szpetmanski

Dawid Ogrodnik, Kamil Tkacz, Doroto Kolak, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Katarzyna Zawadzka, Anna Nehrebecka

Director Bio
Maciej Pieprzyca is a writer and director from Katowice, Poland. He studied at the University of Silesia, where he graduated from their Faculty of Radio and Television program. In addition to film, he's worked in television, directing several episodes of the popular Polish crime drama, Kryminalni.

Select Filmography
"Inferno" (2001), "Barborka" (2005), "Kryminalni: Misja Slaska" (2006), "Splinters" (2008)—34th CIFF, LIFE FEELS GOOD (2013)

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