Polish actors Dawid Ogrodnik and Marian Dziędziel have received special awards at film festivals in Varna and Stara Zagora.
The 2nd edition of the Golden Linden International Film Festival of New European Cinema, which took place from May 31 until June 4, is the only festival of its kind in Bulgaria. Its first edition was a big success in 2013. The festival’s programme includes book promotion events and photographic exhibitions. Thirty-three films from fourteen European countries were shown in the following three sections – Competition programme, non-Competition programme and Bulgarian cinema.
The festival’s jury consisted of recognized representatives of film from Bulgaria, Montenegro, Georgia and France. The jury was headed by Ludmila Diakova, film critic and editor-in-chief of Kino Magazine.
One of the films screened within the competition programme was Maciej Pieprzyca’s Life Feels Good. Proposed by the Polish Institute in Sophia, Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski and My Father’s Bike by Piotr Trzaskalski were part of the non-Competition programme. Dawid Ogrodnik received the Best Male Actor Award for his part in Life Feels Good.
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Polish film also enjoyed success in Varna at the 22nd International Film Festival LOVE IS FOLLY. The festival’s competition programme includes 12 romantic films produced in the last two years. Polish film director Jerzy Domaradzki was one of the guests present at the festival. The international jury led by Georgian film director Nana Dzhordzhadze decided to award Marian Dziędziel for the Best Main Role in Domaradzki’s The Fifth Season of the Year. The director accepted the award on behalf of the actor.
The Polish Institute in Sophia has been a long-time partner of both festivals.
Sources: PAP; ed: km, July 2014, translated by Kasia Dolato