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Golden Lion top prize for Little Rose

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Golden Lion top prize for Little Rose

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:
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(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.

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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:
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(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:
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(see news) received the greatest number of awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design (Magdalena Biedrzycka) and Best Make-Up (Iwona Blicharz).

The Special Jury Prize was handed to Janusz Majewski for The Rite of Passage (Mała Matura 1947), while Jan Jakub Kolski’s Venice [+see also:
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(Wenecja, see news

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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