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Polish Film Festival in Gdynia Underlines Revival of National Film Industry

By Anna Franklin in Gdynia 2008-09-21
The 33rd annual festival of Polish Feature Films in Gdynia underlined the revival of the national film industry fueled by funding from the government backed Polish Film Institute.
This was the third year after the government began to pump substantial funds into Polish film production and the rise in the level of production standards was evident in an overall increase in the quality of films presented.

Held in the Baltic seaside resort from 15 to 20 September the festival screens all the annual feature film production as well as acting as an annual forum for professionals of the Polish film industry. In a controversial move Czech director Petr Zelenka's Brothers Karamozov, a Czech Polish co-production screened in competition prompting some critics to ask if the Czech language film was really a Polish feature film. Another international element was the inclusion of Slovak director Rudolf Bierman in the main jury. Bierman has participated in a number of Polish Slovak coproductions.

Proving that it was a bumper year three of the films in competition had already screened in major international festivals earlier in the year. Michał Rosa's Scratch (Rysa) screened in Venice, Jerzy Skolimowski's Four Nights with Anna (Cztery noce z Anną) to Jerzy Skolimowski screened in Cannes and Malgorzata Szumowska's 33 Scenes from Life (33 sceny z życia) took home a Silver Leopard from Locarno.

Proving the depth of talent this year a new film by Waldemar Krzystek, Little Moscow (Mała Moskwa) won the main prize for best film this year.

Awards of the main competition of the 33rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia

Jury Chairman: Robert Glinski
Members: Janusz Anderman, Rudolf Biermann, Ryszard Horowitz, Sławomir Idziak
Edward Pallasz, Ewa Rozewicz, Dorota Segda, Jerzy Zielinski

1. The Grand Prize of 33rd Polish Film Festival, the Golden Lions for the best film: to the film "Little Moscow" („Mała Moskwa") directed by Waldemar Krzystek - 50.000 PLN
and The Grand Prize of 33rd Polish Film Festival, the Golden Lions for the producer of best film is awarded to Pawel Rakowski.

2. The Prize of 33rd Polish Film Festival, Silver Lions, for the film "Before Twilight" („Jeszcze nie wieczór") directed by Jacek Blawut - 30,000 PLN
and The Prize of 33rd Polish Film Festival, Silver Lions, for the producer of the film is awarded to Anna Blawut-Mazurkiewicz.

3. The Award of Polish Filmmakers Association for a creative presentation of contemporary times was awarded by the Jury to the film "0_1_0" directed by the deceased Piotr Lazarkiewicz - 20.000 PLN. The Award will be granted by the Association president - Jacek Bromski.

4. Individual Awards:

  • For directing of the film "33 Scenes from Life" („33 sceny z życia") to Małgorzata Szumowska - 20,000 PLN
  • For screenplay of the film "Scratch" („Rysa") to Michał Rosa - 20,000 PLN
• For directing debut in the film "Splinters" („Drzazgi") to Maciej Pieprzyca - 15,000 PLN
• For leading performance by an actress in the film "Little Moscow" („Mała Moskwa") to Svetlana Khodchenkova - 15,000 PLN
• For leading performance by an actor in the film "Before Twilight" („Jeszcze nie wieczór") to Jan Nowicki - 15,000 PLN
• For acting debut in the film "Spliners" („Drzazgi") to Karolina Piechota - 15,000 PLN
• For cinematography for the film "33 Scenes from Life"(„33 sceny z życia") to Michał Englert - 15,000 PLN
• For music to the film "33 Scenes from Life"(„33 sceny z życia") to Paweł Mykietyn - 15,000 PLN
• For art direction to the film "Four Nights with Anna" („Cztery noce z Anną") to Marek Zawierucha - 15,000 PLN
• For supporting performance by an actress in the film "33 Scenes from Life" („33 sceny z życia") to Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik - 12,000 PLN
• For supporting performance by an actor in the film "The Offsiders" („Boisko bezdomnych") to Eryk Lubos - 12,000 PLN
• For sound in the film "Four Nights with Anna" („Cztery noce z Anną") to Federic de Ravignan, Philippe Lauliac and Gerard Rousseau - 12,000 PLN
• For film editing in the film "Splinters" („Drzazgi") to Leszek Starzyński - 12,000 PLN
• For costume design in the film "The Offsiders" („Boisko bezdomnych") to Katarzyna Lewińska and Magdalena Rutkiewicz - 12,000 PLN.

5. The Jury awarded Special Mention of 10.000 PLN to acting couple Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak and Krzysztof Stroiński in the film "Scratch" („Rysa") - 5.000 PLN each.

6. The Jury awarded Special Mention of 5.000 PLN for direction of the film "Four Nights with Anna" („Cztery noce z Anną") to Jerzy Skolimowski

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