I’m Still Here – dir. Casey Affleck, 2010

date: 31/07/2011, time: 19:30, place: The Big Cinema, film program: mockumentaries, artistic program: films
date: 04/08/2011, time: 11:00, place: The Big Cinema, film program: mockumentaries, artistic program: films
film program: the audience poll,

USA | 2010 | colour | 108 min
reż|dir Casey Affleck pro|pro Casey Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix, Amanda White, They are Going to Kill us Productions sce|sc Casey Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix zdj|ph Casey Affleck, Magdalena Bonacorso muz|mus Marty Fogg  mon|ed Dody Dorn ob|cast Joaquin Phoenix, Antony Langdon, Carey Perloff, Larry McHale, Casey Affleck, Jack Nicholson  dys|dis Magnolia Pictures

The most popular mockumentary in recent years is the work of two stars of American cinema – Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix. The latter gives up his acting career to become a rapper, completely contradicting his current image. “I’m Still Here” proves that the reception of mockumentaries depends heavily on the context in which they are presented. Although seemingly everybody knows it was a mock, such context setting left some viewers unsure if it truly was a provocative confabulation or if Joaquin Phoenix really had yearned for a deep change but was forced to abandon the idea as it became a failure. If it can’t be said for certain, it is due to the fact that the viewers see and know only the public image of Joaquin Phoenix. That’s what “I’m Still There” is about, about a freely constructed nature of such image.

2010 Venice FF – Official Selection
2010 Toronto IFF – Official Selection

DIRECTOR |Casey Affleck (1975)
American actor, screenwriter and film director. At first he played supporting roles in mainstream hits like Good Will Hunting (1997) and Ocean’s Eleven (2001) as well as in independent films such as Chasing Amy (1997). In 2007, his breakout year, Affleck gained recognition and critical acclaim for his work in Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which gained him an Academy Award nomination. “I’m Still Here” is his directorial debut.