The film is retracing the love story of an unusual and unique creative union. It is a well-hidden treasure in the culture and art of the 20th century. Franciszka and Stefan Themerson lived and worked together for almost sixty years, first in Poland, then in France and eventually they settled in England. The only time when they were separated was the outbreak of WW2 but even then they remained connected.
Michael is 80 this year, and has created the greatest Marionette Theatre in the world. This is his story. The film is like a confession of a man who is a complicated but reached for his dreams. An inspiring master and loving father and husband. Michael like his marionettes has a mystery behind him. The main motives of his work, tell the story about the humanity. This time it is Michael himself who steps in front the strings to tell us about the most important events of Europe of the XX century and strongest subject which touch all of us: love death, duality of good and evil. These confessions are told with his power voice and the voice of chosen powerful marionettes.
The Man who made Angels Fly
There are stories constantly inspiring our imagination. There are unforgettable people who become legends of our times. We read about them, we admire them and, usually, we recognise their genius only after they are gone… Michael Meschke is not one of them, he is among the greatest living marionette masters in the world. His marionette masterpieces are a pretext allowing to delve into his own life and the stories behind his numerous international collaborations. He created the Marionetteatern and has been the cultural ambassador of Sweden for over 60 years. His theatre introduced the art of puppetry to modern Europe and brought back into the universal dimension characters like Antigone, Don Quixote, Odysseus, Faust, so significant to human nature and, at the same time, symbolising the struggle of virtue against vice in the last hundred years. Through his story, sketched on the canvas of modern history, we can touch on the most important values of humanity, as well as simple, essential human emotions: love, fear of death and unlimited passion, choices and regrets…
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