LISBON STORY: Imagine
A charismatic teacher for the blind Ian (English actor Edward Hogg) arrives to Lisbon to teach the residents of the institute for the blind the techniques of echolocation – evading obstacles by means of acoustic echo, allowing free movement without the use of sight. He quickly becomes an idol of blind kids living in the institute, and attracts the attention of the beautiful Eva (Alexandra Maria Lara). However, there is a doubt as to whether Ian is a messiah or a charlatan. Does he help to awaken hope and face reality or expose the students to danger? Created in an international co-production, the third film by Andrzej Jakimowski – one of the most respected Polish authors in the world, with his distinct, focused style – poses questions of existential nature and creates a magical portrait of the Portuguese capital. Imagine‚s premiere was held at the Toronto Film Festival, and the film was subsequently awarded for directing at the Warsaw Film Festival.
guest: Tomasz Gąssowski (music author)
Musician, composer, music and film producer, member of the Polish Film Academy. He has worked closely with director Andrzej Jakimowski, whose films he co-produces and writes music for them. Titles such as Squint your Eyes (2003), Tricks (2007) and Imagine (2012) have been awarded many times in Poland and abroad. He also directs – his short The Play-Off (2016), produced by Munk Studio, and was awarded at this year’s Transatlantyk Festival in Łódź.