Directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, biopic, drama, 122 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Maciej Pieprzyca
With Dawid Ogrodnik, Mikolaj Chroboczek, Piotr Adamczyk, Justyna Wasilewska, Jacek Koman, Wiktoria Gorodecka, Jowita Budnik
Inspired by true events, Icarus recounts episodes from the life of Mieczyslaw "Mietek" Kosz, a Polish jazz pianist. As a 12-year-old child, Mietek loses his sight. Learning piano at the center for the blind, the boy discovers that music can become his way of picturing the world, and once he is introduced to jazz, he has only one goal in mind: to become the best jazz pianist in Poland. In the late 1960s, his musical career gains international recognition but is cut short tragically by his untimely death in 1973.
The film approaches Kosz’s half-forgotten life story with a great deal of empathy, recreating the inner world of the musician from a patchwork of his subjective perceptions and memories.
The film premiered at the prestigious Shanghai IFF and won multiple awards at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.