Manhunt Wins Polish Eagles

    Manhunt directed by Marcin Krzyształowicz Manhunt directed by Marcin Krzyształowicz

    WARSAW: The WWII drama Manhunt directed by Marcin Krzyształowicz and produced by Skorpion Arte Film & TV Production won four awards including Best Film at the Polish Film Academy’s (www.pnf.pl) Polish Eagles

    Manhunt also won for Best Cinematography, Best Costumes and Best Sound.

    The rest of the awards were divided among three of the most popular Polish films of 2012. Aftermath, a Polish/ Dutch/Russian/Slovak coproduction directed by Władysław Pasikowski and produced by Apple Film Production won Best Actor (Maciej Stuhr) and Best Art Direction.

    "The discussion that Aftermath caused within Polish society showed all of us that Polish viewers are ready to see this type of stories and this type of truth - not always comfortable, but thought provoking. Polish films screened in cinemas last year were often a look at the past, but not in order to glorify it; rather to investigate it with a new, fresh perspective. This is what we set out to do 15 years ago when we created the Polish Eagles, and now we can award the brilliant filmmakers present on our local market," Aftermath producer Dariusz Jabłoński, the President of the Polish Film Academy and founder of the Polish Eagles, told FNE.

    You Are God, a Leszek Dawid drama about the Polish hip-hop band Paktofonika produced by Studio Filmowe KADR, received the Audience Choice Award and Best Editing Award. "It is amazing that this type of a challenging production became a box office hit in Poland. It means that the Polish audience is more likely to choose something that is more artistic, rather than a cheap form of entertainment. It also means that our national market is developing and now there is a place not only for light comedies and action films, but also mature productions about modern Poland," Jerzy Kapuściński, the producer of You are God, told FNE.

    The Polish box office hit Traffic Police directed by Wojciech Smarzowski and produced by Film It  received Polish Eagles for Best Script and Best Supporting Actor.

    Michał Urbaniak was recognized as the Discovery of the Year for his acting debut in My Father's Bike (http://www.federicofilm.com/). Roman Polański won the Polish Eagle for Best Directing for Carnage and the Lifetime Achievement Award as given to legendary Polish actress Danuta Szaflarska.

    The Academy named Amour by Michael Haneke as the Best European Film distributed by Gutek Film.

    The 15th Annual Polish Film Awards winners:

    Best Film:

    Best Actor:
    Maciej Stuhr - Aftermath

    Best Actress:
    Agnieszka Grochowska - Shameless (Akson Studio)

    Best Director:
    Roman Polański - Carnage

    Best Screenplay:
    Wojciech Smarzowski - Traffic Police

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Arkadiusz Jakubik - Traffic Police

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Joanna Kulig - Sponsoring

    Best Cinematography:
    Arkadiusz Tomiak - Manhunt

    Best Art Direction:
    Allan Starski - Aftermath

    Best Music:
    Krzysztof Komeda, Mariusz Ostański - Komeda, Komeda...

    Best Costume Design:
    Magdalena Rutkiewicz-Luterek - Manhunt

    Best Editing:
    Jarosław Kamiński - You Are God

    Best Sound:
    Barbara Domaradzka, Piotr Domaradzki - Manhunt

    Best European Film:

    Discovery of the year:
    Michał Urbaniak for the role in My Father's Bike

    Best Documentary:
    Man At War - dir. Jacek Bławut (Produkcja Filmów Jacek Bławut)