European Film Academy award is one of the most prestigious film awards in Europe (the European equivalent of the Oscar). Nominees in the Short Film category are selected at 14 major international film festivals. This year the 33rd Norwegian Short Film Festival Jury nominated Polish film "Hanoi-Warsaw," directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz.
Film "Hanoi-Warsaw" is the result of the competition for best scenario - "The Debutants", announced by Kino Polska Television. The purpose of the competition was to select young talents and to stimulate interest in short-form narrative. The main prize was financing the implementation of the winning script by Kino Polska Television. The project's co-producers were Mastershot Studio, 1.2 Film Association, Polish Filmmakers Association and the Andrzej Munk Studio "The Young and Film".
"Hanoi-Warsaw" won the Special Jury Prize in the Young Cinema Competition on the 34th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, and the actress, Thu Ha Mai (Mai Anh) received the honorable mention. The film was also presented at festivals in the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, "Go Short" International Short Film Festival in Nijmegen, Next International Short Film Festival in Bucharest, River Film Festival in Padua, and at the 50th Krakow Film Festival.
Directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, the film tells the story of a young Vietnamese girl - Mai Anh, who illegally crosses the Polish border. The woman has to reach Warsaw, where her fiancé waits for her. Travel across Poland is full of humiliation and violence.
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