07-12-2010

Hanoi - Warsaw wins European Oscar

PRESS RELEASE
Hanoi - Warsaw wins European Oscar
Short film Hanoi-Warsaw produced by Kino Polska Television and directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz
has won the prize for Best Short Film at the European Film Awards

"It is a huge success. The film Hanoi-Warsaw is a result of the competition for the best script "Young Frames - Debutants" announced by Kino Polska Television. Kino Polska Television perceived Katarzyna Klimkiewicz's potential for directing. We strongly believed that her film would win. Hanoi-Warsaw is an impressive and touching film showing the brutal truth of immigrants' lot. We are proud that Kino Polska Television was among the producers. We are proud that there are many such great pictures shown on Kino Polska Television" said Piotr Reisch, the President of Kino Polska Television.

"It's a great honour and it confirms us in the belief that it is a time for creative producers. I now believe we can make great films here in Poland! Hanoi-Warsaw is a socially important film directed by
a debutant Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and for us - the editorial staff at Kino Polska and "Young Frames: Debutants" project - it is a confirmation that we have chosen the right way of promotion of Polish movies," said Joanna Rożen-Wojciechowska, Kino Polska Television programming director and executive producer of the awarded Hanoi-Warsaw.

European Film Awards are considered as one of the most prestigious film awards in Europe (the European equivalent of the US Academy Awards). The prizes have been presented since 1988 by members of the European Film Academy. The Academy, based in Berlin, is an initiative of European directors supported by the European Commission. The awards are held in odd years in Berlin and in different European cities in even years. This year the awards took place in Tallin.

Hanoi-Warsaw is considered as one of the most important short film and certainly the most successful this year. It won the Special Award of the Jury in Young Cinema Competition and Honorary Mention for Thu Ha Mai (as Mai Anh) at the 34. Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. It was also awarded the Golden Angel at the 8. Tofifest International Film Festival in Torun, the Jantar Award for Best Short Film in Koszalin and recognised as the Best Film in Young Filmmakers section at the Batumi Arthouse Film Festival in Georgia. The film is also a winner of the Special Prize at the Cottbus Film Festival 2010 in Germany and the ALCINE Award at the 40. Short Film Festival Alcala de Henares 2010 in Spain.

The film's co-producers were Mastershot Studio, 1.2 Film Association, Polish Filmmakers Association and the Andrzej Munk Studio "The Young and Film".

"This year's gala in Tallin has brought us yet another reason to be satisfied. A huge success of Roman Polański's "The Ghost Writer" which is distributed by SPI International Poland. We are very happy that our movies are appreciated by both the audience and cinema experts" added Piotr Reisch.

The Ghost Writer took six key prizes in the following categories: Best Film, Best Director (Roman Polański), Best Screenwriter (Roman Polański and Robert Harris), Best Production Designer (Albrecht Konrad), Best Composer (Alexandre Desplat) and Best Actor (Ewan McGregor).

Kino Polska Television is currently the most popular movie channel in Poland concentrating on promoting Polish cinematography. It is available on all digital platforms and in the majority of cable operators networks reaching almost 7.5 million households.

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