DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

One Man Show

One Man Show

Marcin Sitek is 33, an actor, well-trained, talented, highly motivated and good looking. He’s ready for his life to start. Or at least his career, at least a small part, that one scene. Instead he’s on the phone until he’s blue in the face, laughs on command at television casting shows, plays tiny roles in C-movies, makes bad jokes as a stand-up comedian on backstreet stages, strips in dubious establishments and earns his money abroad as a seasonal farm labourer.

Jakub Piątek follows his protagonist over the course of a year. A year of big plans and expectations which still ends on a Norwegian field again. And because Marcin is constantly staging himself and his life, the story is embedded in a studio plot: the great solo scene, the radiant hero’s one man show, though his mask gradually crumbles in the spotlight and under the merciless questions and commands of an off-screen voice until he ends up standing naked in front of us, bereft of every cool attitude.

Piątek uses a really innovative dramaturgy to paint the both impressive and bittersweet portrait of the generation “Y”, “internship” or “something in the media” – who hold it all in their hands and still fail.

Grit Lemke

Original Title: One Man Show
Country: Poland
Year: 2014
Language: Polish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 53 min.
Format: .mp4
Color: Colour
Director: Jakub Piątek
Producer: Maciej Kubicki
Cinematographer: Michał Stajniak
Editor: Urszula Klimek-Piątek, Jakub Piątek
Script: Jakub Piątek

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 2018 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.