“Imagine” written and directed by Andrzej Jakimowski can be seen in cinemas from 12th April 2013. The international premiere of the film took place during the Festival in Toronto, the Polish one was during the 27th Warsaw Film Festival, where Andrzej Jakimowski obtained a main prize for best director.
Arriving in a prestigious institute in Lisbon, an unusual young blind man wishes to share his ability to walk unassisted. Self confident and charismatic, Ian tries to transfer his skill of walking without a cane to other patients and in particular Eva. Away from the cloistered institute, they venture into the streets of Lisbon.
- To write ‘Imagine’ I needed a several months’ research into orientation techniques which are used by blind people. I think that some of these methods are not only poetic, but absolutely cinematic as well - Andrzej Jakimowski
- The old adage “love is blind” is explored sincerely (and literally) in ‘Imagine’, a combination romance and inspirational-teacher drama that’s filled with grace notes. – can be read in Tim Grierson’s review for Screen Daily.
- Beautifully assembled pic, shot in warmly lit widescreen and with a vibrant score, looks at the different options available to help blind people live their lives as fully and independently as possible, even if not all methods are without risk. - wrote Boyd Van Hoeij in his review for Variety.
Andrzej Jakimowski is a Polish director, screenwriter and producer. He was born in 1963 in Warsaw. He graduated both in philosophy (the University of Warsaw) and in film directing (University of Silesia). His feature 'Squint Your Eyes' (2003) won the Main Prize at the San Francisco IFF 2004 and the Sochi IFF 2004, and Polish Academy Awards (Golden Eagles for best film, best director, best script, and best actor in a leading role). His another feature 'Tricks' (2007) was also a great success and won over 30 prizes at international film festivals and was released in over 40 countries. In 2009 it was a Polish candidate for an Oscar.