The debut feature film from Bodo Kox has won the Best International Feature Film award at the XIII Rome Independent Film Festival.
Magdalena Różańska in the "Girl from the Wardrobe" movie of Bodo Kox, photo. Youth and Film.
Girl from the Wardrobe (“Dziewczyna z szafy”) is the first cinematic release directed by Bodo Kox – an icon of Polish independent film. After crossing into the mainstream, Kox retained the dose of madness which has always distinguished him from other native filmmakers.
His Girl from the Wardrobe is a perverse tragicomedy about the fact that we are all freaks, we all have our own little dramas, longings and fears. It is considered to be one of the best Polish debuts of recent years: ironic and poignant, it features comedy hand in hand with melodrama and a narrative freedom which does not rule out artistic discipline. Kox eloquently combines a fairy tale film with images of grey Polish reality. The director admits in interviews that he wants to do "non-Polish" films. He is today one of the great hopes of Polish cinema.
During the Roman festival, Girl from the Wardrobe beat productions from the U.S., the Philippines, Switzerland, Germany and Israel. This is not the first award for Kox's debut. In November 2013, the film received the second Silver Atlas prize (l'Atlas d'argent) and the Youth Jury Prize at Film Festival in Arras. During the 23rd festival in Cottbus, he received the award for best debut.
The film was also appreciated by the Polish audience - during the festival "Youth and Film" in Koszalin, Wojciech Mecwaldowski (who played the male lead) received the Jantar award for the best actor and Girl from the Wardrobe was commended by the journalist and youth juries. The film also took home the Jańcio Wodnik award of the Prowincjonalia Festival in Września. It also gained a special award at the 27th Tarnów Film Award and the Tofifest International Film Festival's grand prize in Toruń.
Previously, at the XI Rome Independent Film Festival in 2012 “Courage” directed by Greg Zgliński also won the award for the best foreign film.
To find what's behind the hype about Bodo Kox, see culture.pl's run-down of his works.
Source: PAP, ed. BS., translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 25.03.2014