Magdalena Franczuk

Writer-director

Poland

Born in 1992. Directress, screenwriter, photographer, visual artist, and time traveller. Chairperson and Foundress of the KUNST.CAMERA Foundation. She graduated with honours from the Photography Faculty at the Lodz Film School (PWSFTViT) and Directing Faculty at the Warsaw Film School.
She was a scholar of Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2015, a finalist in the Script PRO 2019 event and in other contests such as Photo Diploma Awards 2019, “Creative Valley” 2014 or Slideluck Warsaw 2015. She has had numerous individual exhibitions (i.a. at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, the Entropia Gallery in Wrocław, the Fotofestiwal in Łódź) as well as collective ones (i.a. within the Polish Circles of Art in China Festival, Copenhagen Photo Festival, the Photo Collect Copenhagen).

Project

The Downfalls of Bungo

The story takes place somewhere in the United Republic of Vitkacland. During a social party taking place at the Brummel Villa, fledgling painter Bungo (22 years old) meets Madame Akne (40 years old) – opera singer and wife of a famous actor. He begins to exhibit strong, passionate and inexplicable feelings towards her. Bungo lives as if in a dream, but also begins to lose the ability to discern what is true from what is just a figment of his imagination – and not simply due to his many emotions and the narcotic substances he is taking.
Dark clouds begin to gather over the United Republic of Vitkacland – catastrophe seems imminent. After this party, nothing will ever be the same…

A loose adaptation of the debut novel by Witkacy, one of the most original and radical Polish writers of the 20th century.