Grzegorz Cisiecki (born Ryhor Cisiecki) is a 25-year old writer, screenwriter, and director from Belarus. His 2007 short, “Smoke,” is highly surrealistic, and pays homage during its 7-minute run time to everyone from Dali to Hitchcock to David Lynch.
“Smoke” follows a young man, played by Grzegorz Golaszewski, as he appears to recollect several strange memories with the aid of a tape recorder. As with all Surrealist works, time is immaterial and difficult to grasp: it’s hard to tell if the man is remembering a series of past vignettes, seeing the future, or lapsing into some sort of dream state. Regardless, the quick-changing tableaux that Cisiecki treats us to are all visually stunning; the colors are lush, the editing judicious. Most impressive, however, is Cisiecki’s attention to sound. While there is little diegetic noise within the various scenes, the added audio is emphatic and unmistakable, and adds to the film’s feeling of (albeit unknowable) purpose. Though I can’t say what the film is “about,” I can say without hesitation that it is excellent.
According to Wikipedia, Cisiecki recently worked with Clive Barker (of Hellraiser fame) on a script for a new project titled “Mister B. Gone.” Though IMDB reveals nothing of this project as yet, keep your eyes peeled for Cisiecki in the future. Already a published playwright and director of 6 shorts (“Smoke” being the most recent), his artistic vision holds great promise. Could he be the next Peter Greenaway? You be the judge!
Check “Smoke” out for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHyUwbBbrag