Mon 17 October 2011 // 20:00
Tue 18 October 2011 // 20:00
(Mon 17th, Tues 18th / 8pm / £5/4/3 TTT)
(Jeff Malmberg / USA / 2010 / 83 minutes / Documentary)
Winner of numerous festival and end-of-year awards, 'Marwencol' is a documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp.
After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar in his home town of Kingston, New York, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his back garden. There, he populates the town he names 'Marwencol' with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town's many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye co-ordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack.
When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly his home-made therapy is deemed 'art', forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he's avoided since the attack.