This is my TV film about Krzysztof Komeda - late Polish jazz musician and composer for stage and screen. Remember 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Fearless Vampire Killers'? 'Cul-de-Sac'? 'Knife in the Water'? Exactly.
Komeda composed the music. I initially intended to make a film about a great but almost forgotten composer - forgotten except from Poland, where Komeda is a national hero.
It turned out to become a hommage to a wondeful but lost 'golden boy'. A man caught up between his wife and his friends. He was giving without taking. He only wanted one thing: make music, create sounds, find a solution for the films made by his friends. He became Roman Polanski's closest collaborator, also for Henning Carlsen. During 1959-1968 Komeda composed the music for 65 films. A tragic accident in Hollywood caused a fatal injury and Komeda died in April '69 in Poland. He was only 37 years old.
It took me 4 years to make this film - from first thoughts to end of production. I'm the writer, director and I produced the soundtrack. I was constantly caught up in the middle between Komeda's friends and his wife, between the commissioning editors and my producers. I was caught in the TV slot only allwowing me 52 minutes, them wanting me to make a film about a composer - I wanted to make a film about a human being who lost his life. The film raised a lot of controversy in Poland, was screened at more than 60 festivals worldwide, it won international awards and was nominated for PRIX EUROPA, the European a/v award, and was shortlisted among the best 5 films.
It's been a big, stressful adventure to make it - without Roman Polanski's help and without the support of Henning Carlsen, who became my dear friend, it would not have been possible to finish it. Also without my friends who helped me all the way thru production.
Enjoy watching it. C