Golden Lion top prize for Little Rose
by Dorota Hartwich
On Saturday, director Jan Kidawa-Błoński and producer Włodzimierz Niderhaus won the Golden Lion Grand Prize at the 35th Gdynia Polish Film Festival for Little Rose [+see also:
film profile] (Różyczka – see news).
At this edition, there was a conspicuous absence of awards for Paweł Sala’s Mother Theresa of Cats (see news), which was considered the front-runner in the competition after stirring much emotion and debate.
Little Rose, which also picked up Best Leading Actress (Magdalena Boczarska) and Best Sound (Wiesław Znyk and Joanna Napieralska), traces a passionate love affair between a well-known writer (Andrzej Seweryn) and a young woman who is involved at the same time in an ambiguous relationship with a secret agent. Looking at the methods of political spying and manipulation used in the communist era, Kidawa-Błoński’s film was released on March 12 in Polish theatres.
The Silver Lion statuette went to Marcin Wrona and producing duo Leszek Rybarczyk and Marek Rudnicki for The Christening [+see also:
interview: Marcin Wrona
film profile] (Chrzest), which explores the "human side" of gangsters. The film also earned a shared Best Actor Award (Wojciech Zieliński and Tomasz Schuchardt) and Best Editing (Piotra Kmiecik).
Feliks Falk’s Joanna [+see also:
film profile] (see news) received the greatest number of awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design (Magdalena Biedrzycka) and Best Make-Up (Iwona Blicharz).
Finally, Best Debut Film was presented to Marek Lechki’s Erratum, while Janusz Morgenstern picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award.
(Translated from French)
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