Polish Film Festival
Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz
2019 / 122 minutes / Poland
In Polish with English subtitles
Friday, April 9, 2021
Ikar. Legenda Mietka Kosza
The film is based on the biography of a blind jazz pianist, Mieczysław Kosz, who died tragically at the age of 29.
Born in 1944 in a small village Antoniówka, Kosz was recognized as one of the most promising young jazz musicians in the country. Despite being classically trained as a musician, he felt drawn toward jazz, and by the end of the 1960s, he became a phenomenon of the jazz piano scene in both Poland and worldwide, compared to Bill Evans.
We see Kosz’s life through select episodes depicting the most influential moments in his life and career: his childhood on a poor farm in the farmlands of Poland and the loss of his eyesight at age 12 to a debilitating disease and the trauma that it causes. We witness the birth of his gifts – an uncanny ear for music and his determination shared only by true virtuoso. We witness the great heights he achieves in his career that is accompanied by his loneliness and desperate need for acceptance. We see how low he falls due to his fight with alcoholism and trying to deal with the consequences of his fame.
It is a story of an “outsider, a rebel who was struggling against the world and his own limitations” – said Maciej Pieprzyca, the director and screenwriter.
Dawid Ogrodnik brilliantly plays the blind musician, and the outstanding jazz musician Leszek Możdżer is responsible for the musical setting.