GDYNIA: The winner of the 43. Polish Feature Film Festival held in Gdynia 17-22 September 2018 did not come as a surprise with Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War winning the Golden Lion for best film. The film’s producers Ewa Puszczyńska and Tanya Seghatchian shared the prize.
The Silver Lion for Best Feature Film went to The Butler directed by Filip Bajon, with a special mention to director Wojciech Smarzowski for the controversial film about the Catholic church in Poland, Clergy.
The annual gathering of the Polish film industry in the Baltic seaside resort of Gdynia screens the best of the Polish film production of the year as well. The event also provides an annual platform for the meeting of the Polish Filmmakers Association to discuss the direction of the industry.
The Polish National Centre for Culture presented a chance to catch up with VR in Poland with special presentations of the VR project A Note from the Uprising directed by Tomasz Dobosz, which was produced by the National Centre for Culture and VR Heroes and supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Another highlight of the festival was a presentation by the head of the Malta Film Commission Johann Grech about what was on offer for Polish production companies who choose to shoot in Malta.
This year a special event Face to Face was added to the programme, where the new director of the Polish Film Institute Radosław Śmigulski met with film professionals in a public forum to answer questions about the Polish Film Institute and his vision for the future direction of the institute.
Prizes of the Main Competition
Golden Lion for Best Film: Cold War / Zimna Wojna (Poland, UK, France) Directed byPaweł Pawlikowski Produced by Opus Film Coproduced by Apocalypso Pictures Supported by the Polish Film Institute, MK2 Films, Film4, British Film Institute, Eurimages
Silver Lions Feature Film: The Butler / Kamerdyner (Poland) Directed by Filip Bajon Produced by Filmicon Dom Filmowy Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Special Award to Wojciech Smarzowski for Clergy / Kler (Poland) Directed by Wojciech Smarzowski Produced by Profil Film Jacek Rzehak Coproduced by Showmax, Moderator Inwestycje, Atlas Sztuki, Tovares, Studio Metrage, Kino Świat, Krakow Festival Office, Narodowy Instytut Audiowizualny Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Special Award for Marek Koterski for: 7 Emotions / 7 uczuć (Poland) Directed by Marek Koterski Produced by Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych Coproduced by Studio Produkcyjne Orka Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Best Director: Adrian Panek for Werewolf / Wilkołak (Poland, Holland, Germany) Produced by Balapolis Coproduced by Rosco Polska, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion, House of Netherhorror Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Netherlands Film Fund
Best Screenplay: Jan Jakub Kolski for Pardon / Ułaskawienie (Poland, Czech Republic) Directed by Jan Jakub Kolski Produced by Centrala Coproduced by Mimesis Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Best First or Second Feature Film: Fugue / Fuga (Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden) Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska Produced by Mental Disorder 4 Coproduced by Axman Production, CommonGround Pictures, Odra Film, Mazovia Film Fund, Film I Vast Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Best Cinematography Ex-Aqueo
Jakub Kijowski for Fugue / Fuga (Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden) Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Jacek Podgórski for The Mute / Krew Boga (Poland, Belgium) Directed by Bartosz Konopka Produced by Otter Films Coproduced by Odra Film, Earlybirds Films Supported by the Polish Film Institute, Eurimages
Best Music: Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz for two films: Werewolf and The Butler
Best Production Design: Jagna Janicka for Clergy
Best Sound: Maciej Pawłowski and Mirosław Makowski for Cold War
Best Editing: Jarosław Kamiński for Cold War
Best Make-up: Mira Wojtczak and Ewa Drobiec for The Butler
Best Costume Design: Monika Onoszko for Pardon
Best Supporting Actress: Aleksandra Konieczna for A Cat with a Dog / Jak pies z kotem (Poland) Directed by Janusz Kondratiuk Produced by Akson Studio Coproduced by Telewizja Polska, Studio Produkcyjne Orka, Filmoteka Narodowa – Instytut Audiowizualny (FINA) Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Best Supporting Actor: Olgierd Łukaszewicz for A Cat with a Dog
Best Actress: Grażyna Błęcka-Kolska for Pardon
Best Actor: Adam Woronowicz for The Butler
Visions Apart Competition
Golden Claw for Best FilmNinaDirected by Olga ChajdasProduction Film It Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Special Jury AwardMonumentDirected by Jagoda Szelc
Platium Lion for Lifetime AchievementJerzy Skolimowski
Audience AwardClergyDirected by Wojciech Smarzowski