Prizes to Poles at Karlovy Vary
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Papusza by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze and Floating Skyscrapers by Tomasz Wasilewski are among the winners at the most important film festival in Central Eastern Europe
The 48th International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary has concluded.The film festival is one of the oldest in the world. This year, the jury chaired by director Agnieszka Holland granted the Crystal Globe – the grand prize – to Le grand cahier, an international production from Hungarian director Janos Szasz.
Papusza, directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze, received a special award. Having its world premiere at the festival, the film took part in the main competition. Tomasz Wasilewski’s Floating Skyscrapers took top honors in the section East of the West, a division presenting debuts and second films from filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe. Bodo Kox’s The Girl from the Closet also competed in this contest.
Papusza is a docudrama based on the life of Bronisława Wajs, the first Roma poet to publish her poems. Jerzy Ficowski, recognizing her great talent, encouraged her to write down her work then translated it into Polish. In 1956 he released the first volume of her poetry, Songs of Papusza. In the film, Jawita Budnik stars as Papusza and Antoni Pawlicki plays Ficowski. Krzysztof Ptak and Wojciech Staroń serve as cinematographers and Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz composed the score.
A previous film of Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze’s – My Nikifor – won the fesitval's Crystal Globe for Best Picture in 2005. That film also carried the categories of Best Director for Krauze and Best Actress for Krystyna Feldman. Aside from Wanda Jakubowska’s The Last Stage in 1948, My Nikifor is the only Polish film to take top prize at Karlovy Vary.
Floating Skyscrapers tells the story of Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk), a young man who lives with his mother (Katarzyna Herman) and girlfriend (Marta Nieradkiewicz). One day at a party he meets Michał (Bartosz Gelner). A strong emotional bond grows between the young men and Kuba unexpectedly finds himself drawn to the other man. He is scared of the feelings Michał arouses in him and cannot regain a stable position for himself. Wasilewski’s drama about homosexual yearning had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. It will open in Polish theatres on the 18th of October 2013.
This was Wasilewski’s second appearance at Karlovy Vary. His debut, In a Bedroom, was presented before the Czech public in the Independent Forum section.
Sources: PAP, portalfilmowy.pl, author's materials
Edited: jn, 8.07.2013
Translation: AA 08.07.2013