Beksiński Biopic Wins Best Film in Gdynia
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The Last Family by Jan P. Matuszyński and United States of Love by Tomasz Wasilewski were the biggest winners of the 2016 Gdynia Film Festival.
The creators of The Last Family by Jan P. Matuszyński won four awards, and The United States of Love by Tomasz Wasilewski as many as five. Among the other winners were I'm a Killer directed by Maciej Pieprzyca and Hatred by Wojtek Smarzowski, which nevertheless was the most under-appreciated film of the festival.
The Last Family Wins
The Last Family directed by Jan P. Matuszyński won the most important award of the festival – the Golden Lions. Matuszyński’s feature debut, the story of Zdzisław, Tomasz, and Zofia Beksińscy, was one of the event’s favourites. The film’s producers, Leszek Bodziak and Aneta Hickinbotham, were awarded as well.
The Last Family took home the most acting awards. The award for leading actor was given to Andrzej Seweryn for his courageous performance as Zdzisław Beksiński, but Aleksandra Konieczna’s award for the best leading actress for her role as Zofia Beksińska was a surprise, mostly because of deliberation on whether the role of Beksiński’s wife was a leading or supporting one. Despite all of these doubts Konieczna’s performance was marvellous, and thanks to the actress’ talent, Zofia Beksińska came out of the shadow of her husband and son.
The film was greatly appreciated by the Gdynia audience and won the vote for the best film of the festival.
Maciej Pieprzyca wins Silver Lions and award for best script
The Silver Lions award for best scriptwriter was conferred to Maciej Pieprzyca, author of the film I’m a Killer, which relates the story of a young militiaman, who in the 1970s investigated the ‘Vampire of Zagłębie’, a serial killer who preyed on women. Pieprzyca’s story went beyond the scope of a casual police drama and became a tale about looking for truth and the price which we are ready to pay for our happiness. The director said in the award ceremony:
At the root of the scenario lies the real tragedy of Zdzisław Marchwicki’s family. I would like to dedicate this award to them: his children and grandchildren.
Maciej Pieprzyca’s film was one of the most awarded of this year’s edition of the festival. The well-told story with fabulous supporting roles by Arkadiusz Jakubik and Agata Kulesza will premiere on 4th November 2016. The film's producers, Renata Czarnkowska-Listoś and Maria Gołoś, were awarded as well.
The United States of Love triumphs
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Tomasz Wasilewski, creator of the United States of Love, won best director for his story about four women from a provincial Polish city at the end of the 80s. Previously, in February 2016, Tomasz Wasilewski had also received an award for best script.
The laurel for best supporting female role was conferred on Dorota Kolak for her performance as a lonely woman who falls in love with her younger neighbour. Łukasz Simlat, who played the protagonist’s husband, was awarded for best male supporting role.
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The Last Family
United States of Love
I'm a killer
Jan P. Matuszyński
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The United States of Love also received an award for best costume design, which was handed to Monika Kaletka. The best editing prize was given to Beata Walentowska, who was responsible for the film's great rhythm.
Hatred – best cinematography, make up, and acting debut
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Piotr Sobociński Jr., received the award for best cinematography for his work on Hatred, which wasn’t unexpected, due to how well his excellent visuals introduced audiences to the monumental yet intimate story of the Volhynian hell.
But the list of awards which Wojtek Smarzowski's film received continues with the award for best make-up, which was deservedly conferred to Ewa Drobiec for the realistic look of the gory drama.
Michalina Łabacz, a student of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, won the debut acting award for his first professional role, as a protagonist fleeing the Volhynian massacre.
The Happiness of the World with best music and set design
The Motion Trio – Janusz Wojtarowicz, Paweł Baranek, and Marcin Gałażyn – won the award for best music for their work on The Happiness of the World directed by Michał Rosa, which tells the story of residents of a Silesian town-house who are witnesses to history.
Michał Rosa’s film also received the award for best set design, given to Andrzej Kowalczyk, thanks to whom the story of pre-war Silesia came alive.
Playground, the best debut
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Bartosz M. Kowalski received the directorial debut award for Playground, the story of three 12-year-olds and their last days of primary school. This brutal picture divided Gdynia’s audience, part of which considered this movie to be cynical and meaninglessly violent. Kowalski’s film also received the Don Kichot award from by the Polish Federation of Film Societies.
The High Frontier & The Red Spider
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The award for best sound went to Marcin Kasiński and Kacper Habisiak, who were responsible for the audio of The High Frontier, a dark story about two boys who travel with their father to the Bieszczady Mountains to experience a tough adventure, directed by Wojciech Kasperski.
The jury appreciated The Red Spider, a tale about a serial murderer threatening Kraków in the 1960s, with a special award for bravery in crossing film genres. The award was handed to Marcin Koszałek, its director.
Karolina Breguła & Piotr Dumała win The Vision Apart Competition
The Visions Apart Competition took place for the third time during the Gdynia Film Festival. The jury of this year's edition consisted of Monika Strzępka (as president), Elżbieta Benkowska, and Marcin Bortkiewicz. Karolina Breguła won the Golden Claw award for Office For Monument Construction, the story of an eccentric sixty-year-old woman obsessed with collecting teeth, and Piotr Dumała, for Ederly, a fantastically acted black comedy whose story takes place in a Polish province somewhere out of time. Marta Minorowicz’s Zud also received an honourable mentioned.
This year, Janusz Majewski, director, scriptwriter, dramatist, lecturer, and author of many films such as Zaklęte Rewiry (Enchanted Districts) and Eccentrics, or The Sunny Side of The Street, received the Platinum Lions award for lifetime achievement.
Full list of award-winners:
Grand Prix Golden Lions – The Last Family directed by Jan P. Matuszyński, produced by Leszek Bodzak and Aneta Hickinbotham.
Silver Lions – I Am a Killer directed by Maciej Pieprzyca produced by Renata Czarnkowska-Listoś and Maria Golos.
Special Jury Award – Red Spider, directed by Marcin Koszałka.
Best Director – Tomasz Wasilewski for United States of Love.
Best Script – Maciej Pieprzyca for I Am a Killer.
Best Directorial Debut – Bartosz M. Kowalski for Playground.
Best Cinematography – Peter Sobociński Jr. for Hatred / Volyhnia.
Best Music – Motion Trio (Janusz Wojtarowicz, Paweł Baranek, Marcin Gałażyn) for The Happiness of the World.
Best Production Design – Tomasz Bartczak, Andrzej Kowalczyk for The Happiness of the World.
Best Sound – Marcin Kasiński, Kacper Habisiak for The High Frontier.
Best Editing – Beata Walentowska for United States of Love.
Best Makeup – Ewa Drobiec for Hatred / Volyhnia.
Best Costumes – Monika Kaleta for United States of Love.
Best Acting Debut – Michalina Łabacz for in Hatred / Volyhnia.
Best Supporting Actress – Dorota Kolak for United States of Love.
Best Supporting Actor – Lukasz Simlat for United States of Love.
Best Actress – Aleksandra Konieczna for The Last Family.
Best Actor – Andrzej Seweryn for The Last Family.
The non-competition Special Jury Prize: Andrzej Wajda for Afterimages.
Visions Apart Competition:
Special Distinction – Zud directed by Marta Minorowicz.
Golden Claw Award – Office for Monument Construction, directed by Karolina Breguła and Ederly, directed by Peter Dumała.
Audience Award – The Last Family directed by Jan P. Matuszyński.
Platinum Lion for Lifetime Achievement – Janusz Majewski.