Life Feels Good at the Polish Film Festival in New York
small, Life Feels Good at the Polish Film Festival in New York, Pictured: Dawid Ogrodnik, photo. Paweł Dyllus / Tramway Film Studio, chce sie zyc maciej pieprzyca 6_6495319.jpg
Maciej Pieprzyca's Life Feels Good won the best film award at the 10th Polish Film Festival in New York, and the award for best acting performance was given to the film's star, Dawid Ogrodnik.
Apart from the best film award, Life Feels Good's star Dawid Ogrodnik received the Elżbieta Czyszewska Award for best actor for his role as a young man with cerebral palsy. The jury also awarded Magdalena Różańska (Girl from the Wardrobe) and Michał Urbaniak (My Father's Bike) for best acting debuts. Krzysztof Ptak and Wojciech Staroń were awarded for best cinematography (Papusza) and Andrzej Haliński (Girl from the Wardrobe) for best production design
It was not an easy decision, because finally something is happening in Polish film – there was plenty to choose from. We had a fierce discussion on the issues raised and on the movies, and on their approaches to their topics - said chairman of the festival jury, Dr. Andrzej Krakowski, director, writer, filmmaker, producer and professor of New York City College, in an interview.
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The festival has become an important element of the cultural landscape of New York City, providing consistently excellent exposure to Polish cinema for American audiences. In opening and continuing inexpensive but high quality events at Anthology Film Archives, including, among others, interviews with artists, Hanna Hartowicz (festival director) has done a wonderful job. – said Annette Insdorf - film critic, author of The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski and a professor at Columbia University
Magdalena Różańska was one of the event's guests. - This festival is lined with the rhythm of the city. As it takes place in New York, it has the specific energy of the metropolis. I'm here for one week and I don't even know where it's gone. Something always is going on. - said the actress.
The female lead actress of Girl from Wardrobe was also pleased with the award. This role is a little strange, based on minimum measures, muted. It cannot be classified as spectacular. Therefore, I am more than glad that I was noticed. The audience congratulated me for the film and said that it's something fresh in Polish cinema – said Magdalena Różańska.
The Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan is a famous international centre for the preservation, study and presentation of film and video. The institution created in 1969, among others, by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill and P. Adams Sitneya, is mainly focused on independent, experimental and avant-garde cinema. The Anthology Film Archives has a reference library containing the world's largest collection of books, journals, photographs and other materials related to avant-garde cinema.
Source: PAP, ed. NZ, may 2014, translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 13.05.2014