During a gala ceremony at the Teatr Polski (Polish Theatre) in Warsaw, "Polityka" ("Politics") weekly presented its annual, symbolic cultural awards known as the "Polityka" Passports. This was the eleventh time "Polityka" weekly recognized artists who have demonstrated far-reaching originality as well as a penchant for exploration and for exceeding the boundaries of convention (see 2002 edition...).
Awards in specific categories went to the following individuals:
  • Literature
    Wojciech Kuczok – for his novel Gnoj / Bum, which presents the violence and cruelty that rules a seemingly "normal" Polish family. Kuczok was recognized for his persistent exploration of Polish "normality" and for his sensitivity to the many variations of contemporary language.

  • Film
    Andrzej Jakimowski – for his debut film Zmruz oczy / Squint, which presents provincial Poland in an artistically refined manner. Jakimowski was honored for reminding viewers of values that have long been neglected in Polish cinema, including sensitivity, good, and friendship.

  • Theatre
    Danuta Stenka – for her portrayal of the Widow Bradshaw in a production of Howard Barker's Victory at the Teatr Wspolczesny (Contemporary Theatre) in Wroclaw. Stenka was recognized for her beauty, subtlety, integrity, and flexibility as an actress.

  • Music
    Kuba Jakowicz – for his mature level of performance, ability to exceed the stereotype of a child genius, and for his ambitious choice of repertoire. Jakowicz is only twenty-two years old and the violinist's credits include significant successes at international violin competitions. In addition, he has performed concerts in many European countries and recorded four albums (the first of which he recorded at the age of fifteen in Sweden).

  • Visual Arts
    Monika Sosnowska – for her installation of international stature and for restoring a dimension of surprise to contemporary art. Sosnowska is the creator the installation "Korytarz" ("Corridor"), which was presented at the Venice Biennale in 2003.

  • Rock-pop-stage
    Andrzej Smolik – for the rejuvenation of Polish pop music and for his creative approach to club music, as well as for his creative achievements as a music producer. Smolik is a composer, record producer, and instrumentalist for the pop band "Wilki" ("Wolves").
The editors of "Polityka" weekly also used the occasion to award the distinction of "Kreator Kultury" ("Cultural Creator") for the second time, which went to Marek Zydowicz for his organization of the Camerimage Festival – the world's first festival of the art of cinematography, which brings together some of the leading artists in Polish and world cinema each year.

For more information on the winners and nominees of the 2003 "POLITKA" PASSPORTS go to paszporty.onet.pl.

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