Back in 2010, Jeff Malmberg released the documentary Marwencol about the life of Mark Hogancamp, who was violently assaulted outside a bar which resulted in permanent brain damage causing him to forget all his memories before the assault. Unable to afford more conventional therapy, Mark instead created the fictional village of Marwencol made up of toys based on actual people he knew depicting fictional WW2 scenes. Although he is a character in his own art installations, the undeniable stars are the women of Marwencol, who guide and help Mark handle all of the problems and trauma in his life, allowing him to move forward, function, and even fall in love again.
The level of detail and the narratives he constructed in Marwencol were so amazing that filmmaker Jeff Malmberg just had to tell his story. This December, Malmberg’s vision will be interpreted for the big screen by none other than Forrest Gump and Back to the Future’s Robert Zemeckis. The movie is called Welcome to Marwen and will star Steve Carell.
Taking center stage are the larger-than-life women of Marwen, who are definitely more than just dolled up characters in the story.