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Marwencol (2010)

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After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Director:

Jeff Malmberg
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mark Hogancamp Mark Hogancamp ... Himself
Emmanuel Nneji Emmanuel Nneji ... Himself
Edda Hogancamp Edda Hogancamp ... Herself
Tom Neubauer Tom Neubauer ... Himself
Julie Swarthout Julie Swarthout ... Herself
Janet Wikane Janet Wikane ... Herself
Mark Wikane Mark Wikane ... Himself
Bert Bert ... Himself
Lisa Bruck Lisa Bruck ... Herrself
Colleen Vargo Colleen Vargo ... Herself
David Naugle David Naugle ... Himself
Ruthie Hotaling Ruthie Hotaling ... Herself
Tod Lippy Tod Lippy ... Himself
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Storyline

"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, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs "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 coordination 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 Mark's homemade 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. Written by Anonymous

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When his world was stolen, Mark Hogancamp made a world of his own.


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marwencol See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,276, 8 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$112,036, 22 May 2011
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Open Face See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the film's premiere Mark prepared a story line including the delivery by courier of a 1/6th scale press kit to the village of Marwencol. See more »

Quotes

Mark Hogancamp: I was like an elephant left in charge of the peanuts.
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Connections

Version of Welcome to Marwen (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Making Believe
Written by Mack Gordon and James V. Monaco
Performed by The Ink Spots
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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I Want to Send Mark my Barbies!
25 March 2010 | by Thistle-3See all my reviews

As I've mentioned, when the Cleveland International Film Festival catalog comes out. I read all the summaries and mark the movies I want to see. Marwencol jumped out at me for a few reasons. I had a boyfriend in college who lived near Kingston, NY, where this takes place. It's about a man who recovers from a head injury by building a world of miniatures in his backyard, it becomes therapy. My husband and son are into gaming and miniatures. I thought it sounded very interesting.

Turns out the miniatures are more like dolls. And, the therapy was much more like fantasy and art. Mark Hogancamp was attacked in the parking lot of a bar by five guys he'd been drinking with. Head injuries forced him to learn to speak, write, walk and completely function, all over again. Before the accident, he was married, an alcoholic and a gifted artist. After the accident, he was a completely different person, because he had no memory of his previous life. Working with his figures, he's able to practice small motor function, develop his rich imagination and role play some of his anger and aggression. Because he couldn't draw anymore, he captured scenes on film, with his camera. Now, friends and admirers of his work are urging him to share his town, Marwencol, with the world, with a gallery showing, a book and this film. Mark Hogancamp is a sympathetic and interesting guy. Marwencol is definitely an interesting place. Just when you think, "Okay, I get it, but this is weird," it gets weirder! But then, the pieces start to fit together. Fascinating story, well told, amazing imagery. It's an unforgettable place. Marwencol gets a 10 out of 10.


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