Reverse sweeps Polish Eagles

By Katarzyna Grynienko

    The 12th Polish Eagles ceremony held in Warsaw on March1 crowned Reverse, directed by Borys Lankosz, as the most awarded Polish film of the past year.

    The Polish Eagles, emceed by Maciej Stuhr, was broadcast by the TVP 2 (www.tvp.pl). Three films dominated the awards ceremony. Reverse won eight out of 13 nominations, including Best Actress and Best Film. Dark House directed by Wojciech Smarzowski won four Polish Eagles out of eight nominations, including the Audience Choice Award, Best Script and Best Director. Snow White and Russian Red directed by Xawery Żuławski took the awards for Best Actor and Best Sound.

    The gala began with personal statements from producer Dariusz Jabłonski and director Agnieszka Holland, both commenting on the significance of the Polish Film Awards and the value of the independent choices made by the members of the Polish Film Academy (www.pnf.pl). Also addressing the audience was the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski, who said, "2009 was a phenomenal year for Polish culture overall and especially for film. I do not envy the members of the Academy who had an especially hard choice this year. We should all be proud that we have so much great activity in Polish culture."

    During the event Holland was reelected President of the Polish Film Academy for her second term. "I strongly hope that during the next two years we will establish an exchange of ideas between the Polish filmmakers and that our younger colleagues will be active in bringing them to life," Holland said at her reinstatement.

    Also attending was Agnieszka Odorowicz, Director of the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) which co-financed the Polish Film Awards along with the MEDIA Desk Poland (www.mediadeskpoland.eu). The Polish Eagles were organized by the Independent Film Foundation in co-operation with the Masovian Marshall's Office (www.mazovia.pl) and Max Film Intitution (www.mazfilm.com.pl). The official partner of the Polish Film Awards is PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com.pl), which handled the voting process.

    Polish Film Award Winners:

    Best Sound:

    Mateusz Adamczyk, Sebastian Witkowski - Wojna polsko-ruska / Snow White And Russian Red, directed by Xawery Żuławski, produced by Film MEDIA SA (www.filmmedia.com.pl), distributed by ITI Cinema ( www.iticinema.com.pl)

    Best Montage:
    Paweł Laskowski - Dom zły/ Dark House, directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, produced by Film It ( www.filmit.com.pl), distributed by ITI Cinema ( www.iticinema.com.pl)

    Best Costumes:
    Magdalena Biedrzycka - Rewers / Reverse, directed by Borys Lankocz, produced by Studio Filmowe KADR (www.kadr.com.pl), distributed by Syrena Films ( www.syrenafilms.com)

    Best Set Design:
    Magdalena Dipont, Robert Czesak - Rewers/ Reverse

    Best Music
    Włodek Pawlik - Rewers/ Reverse

    Best Script
    Andrzej Bart - Rewers/ Reverse

    Best Photos
    Krzysztof Ptak - Dom Zły / Dark House

    Best Supporting Female Performance
    Anna Polony - Rewers/ Reverse

    Best Supporting Male Performance
    Janusz Gajos - Mniejsze zło / The Lesser Of Two Evils, directed by Janusz Morgenstern, produced by studio Filmowe Perspektywa, Vision Film(www.vision.pl), Documentary and Feature Film Production Company (WFDIF, www.wfdif.com.pl), distributed by Vision Film Distribution (www.vision.pl)

    The Best Leading Female Performance
    Agata Buzek - Rewers / Reverse

    Best Leading Male Performance
    Borys Szyc - Wojna polsko-ruska / Snow White And Russian Red

    Best European Film
    Das weisse band / The White Ribbon, dir. Michael Haneke, Austria/Germany/France/Italy, Pokish distibutor: Monolith Plus (ww.monplith.pl)

    Best Direction
    Wojciech Smarzowski - Dom zły / Dark House

    Discovery of the Year

    Borys Lankosz - direction- Rewers/ Reverse

    Best Film
    Rewers/ Reverse