I WANT (NO) REALITY. NEEDCOMPANY ON LIFE AND ART
„I Want (No) Reality. Needcompany on Life and Art” is a personal story from a young Polish filmmaker Ana Brzezińska about the necessity of art, the price you have to pay for it & the search for the long forgotten secret of having a good life. A sensual and entertaining glimpse at a 5-year relationship of the director with a unique international theater ensemble Needcompany – a group of people dedicated to following their own vision of reality & willing to take all the risks and consequences it's going to take. Their story dates back to 1980s when in Belgium, a country embodying the very idea of European integration and yet being torn by its own internal divisions, a visual artist Jan Lauwers decided to create a non-commercial theater company. His sought a way to tell stories that one cannot tell alone, and a form which was not meant for sale. Together with a choreographer Grace Ellen Barkey he managed to create an international, multicultural creative melting pot. Today, Needcompany is one of the most popular & groundbreaking companies in Europe, defining new standards in theater and performative arts. We believe that there is a reason behind their success, perhaps more important than mere artistic efficiency. We share the belief that without love, trust and courage to face the unknown, every human activity becomes vain.
FILM REPRESENTED BY KRAKOW FILM FOUNDATION
- RUNNING TIME:
- Ana Brzezińska
- Ana Brzezińska
- Karol Jurga, Piotr Tokarski
- Agnieszka Glińska
- Yeti Films, Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Needcompany, Galeria kordegarda
Ana is Head of Studio at Kaleidoscope, an immersive production studio playing a central role in the artistic renaissance of virtual reality. Partnering with Museum of Other Realities, Kaleidoscope has been on the bleeding edge of virtual event production, co-creating a number of immersive gatherings including the biggest VR exhibition in virtual reality at Cannes XR/Marché du Film, and a first virtual fashion show with RYOT/Verizon Media.
With a commitment to creative exploration, Kaleidoscope has produced some of the industry’s most groundbreaking work including the animated VR film BATTLESCAR, starring Rosario Dawson, and the VR series SPHERES, starring Jessica Chastain and Patti Smith and executive produced by Darren Aronofsky. Kaleidoscope has also helped creators raise more than $34MM for original projects including the first seven-figure deal for a VR film at Sundance.
Ana serves as a VR & film expert for European funds (Creative Europe MEDIA, Polish Film Institute), NGO and cultural institutions. She has taught in academia, authored publications, and presented as invited speaker at conferences and events world-wide. In 2020 she was a research fellow at Centrum Cyfrowe where she worked on a year-long study on ethical risks in XR. From 2012 to 2018 she was a producer and director for TVN Discovery Group. She joined Discovery after many years at the cultural sector (Polish National Opera). Ana’s film and VR projects have been presented and awarded at Hot Docs Forum in Toronto, Venice Production Bridge at Biennale di Venezia, Cross Video Days in Paris, and acquired by Canal+ and Polish National Television. She holds a Master’s Degree in Drama Directing, is a Documentary Campus Masterschool and EURODOC alumna, and received training in news journalism in Thomson Reuters.