DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Call Me Tony

Call Me Tony

Al Pacino, Robert De Niro or Dustin Hoffmann – these are the eccentrics, the non-conformists, in Konrad’s opinion. Men with exceptional style and intellect, which is why people can’t help giving them their whole attention. The young Pole feels especially close to Tony Montana, Al Pacino’s character in “Scarface”. At the start of the film he shaves the typical scar into one of his eyebrows. And if he can’t afford a white suite for the closing night ball, he can at least wear a blue one. He also spoons up food supplements, because Konrad is preparing for a bodybuilding competition. He wants to show the world that he’s special, too, that he can do something that will not be lost in the crowd. Konrad wants to stand out and he has clear visions.

Just like Klaudiusz Chrostowski, who frames him with no fear of poses, makes abrupt cuts and by this blows Konrad up to big screen format. When his look over the shoulder after the competition meets the camera, when the bronze makeup runs from his muscles under the shower or when he stands in front of the coffee machine in his leather jacket we see larger-than-life images that Konrad knows how to fill, despite everything.

Carolin Weidner

Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award, MDR Film Prize
Original Title: Call Me Tony
Country: Poland
Year: 2017
Language: Polish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 63 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Klaudiusz Chrostowski
Producer: Klaudiusz Chrostowski, Michał Łuka
Cinematographer: Michał Łuka
Editor: Sebastian Mialik
Music: Wojtek Frycz
Sound: Olga Pasternak
Script: Klaudiusz Chrostowski

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.